Zealandia by Night Tour

4.9 / 5

26 reviews

Activity provider: Zealandia

Zealandia by Night Tour

Activity provider: Zealandia

From US$ 61.81 per person

Explore the eco-sanctuary at night with an experienced guide by torchlight. Zealandia is one of the best places in New Zealand to see the kiwi bird in the wild.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Explore Zealandia at night by torchlight with an experienced guide
  • Look for kiwi foraging in the night and see rare native New Zealand animals in their natural habitat
  • See the highlights of Zealandia's interactive exhibition
Full description
Experience Zealandia by night on a guided tour by torchlight. The fully-fenced, urban eco-sanctuary is located 10-minutes from Wellington central business district.   Your guide will lead you in search of the distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. Experience many of the rare and endangered species. See those that only come out at night. Observe unique species such as wētā, glow worms, tuatara, and takahē.  Sightings of kiwi are common on these tours (around 80% of the time), though are not guaranteed. Gain insights into New Zealand’s natural history. Learn about the significance of unique species within Māori culture. Your tour will end with a replenishing cup of hot kawakawa (bushman’s tea) in the Visitors Centre.
  • Exhibit entrance fee
  • Guided night tour
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Zealandia Visitor Center, 53 Waiapu Rd, Karori, Wellington 6012.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Flash photography
  • Umbrellas
  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • There is a minimum age of 12 years old
  • Please advise when booking if you have any mobility or accessibility requirements
  • This tour is not recommended for those using a wheelchair or with walking disabilities because a moderate amount of walking on uneven surfaces is involved
  • There is a maximum number of 12 people per tour
  • It is recommended to wear sturdy footwear, plenty of layers, and a waterproof jacket because the tour operates rain or shine
  • Torches are provided with a red filter so they do not disturb wildlife or affect your night vision
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 26 reviews

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We had an amazing experience. First time walking through the bush with an infrared torch let alone in a wildlife sanctuary. Unfortunately we weren't lucky enough to spot a kiwi but we heard them calling nearby. We did see very active tuatara, including one that walked right past us on the path and so many glow worms all through the bush. The night calls were also lovely to listen to.

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January 3, 2022

The tour is also suitable for inexperienced people, provided that you can walk for 3 hours. We saw a lot of birds, including the rare takahe and two kiwis. Glowworms, wetas, and an enormous number of rare bridge lizards (Tuataras) were also seen. Very competent guide. Even if it is relatively expensive, it was 100 percent worth it.

April 9, 2020

Exciting and a different tour

Despite the rain, we had an exciting evening. The two guides guided the group purposefully through the area and so we saw many birds, reptiles, gloworms and fish, apart from kiwis. But you should be aware that this is not a walk of joy. Sturdy shoes, at least trainers and clothing appropriate to the weather must be provided. The kiwis were hiding that evening, we heard them but saw none. Of course, this cannot be guaranteed. And it shouldn't be a criticism either. Even without it, the Zealandia is highly recommended for nature lovers both during the day and at night.

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January 10, 2016

Product ID: 18448