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Zealandia, Wellington

Zealandia, Wellington

Zealandia, Wellington: Our most recommended tours and activities

Zealandia by Day Tour

1. Zealandia by Day Tour

Discover New Zealand’s native wildlife on an immersive 2-hour guided walking tour at Zealandia Ecosanctuary. Located 10-minutes from Wellington CBD, the fully-fenced, predator-free ecosanctuary is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary and vulnerable animals.  Zealandia can be easily reached by car, free shuttle, or cable car from Wellington CBD. Check in at the vistor center ticket desk where you will meet your guide. Begin with introduction in the ecosanctuary’s exhibition. You will complete a short bio-security bag check before you can enter the sanctuary. This is to prevent any predators from entering the sanctuary with you. Then, venture out into the sanctuary to discovery the riches of our native flora and fauna at its very best.  Make the most of your visit with your expert guide, who will share with you the history, sights and sounds of the forest and its secrets. Witness the highly intelligent kākā (bush parrot), kakariki, tūī and bellbirds at feeding stations positioned along the sanctuary’s walkways. After 2 hours exploring the vast parklands, you will return to the visitor center. Relax after your tour with a coffee or meal at Cafe Rata. 

Wellington: Electric Bike Hire

2. Wellington: Electric Bike Hire

Ride at your own pace by hiring an e-bike to explore Wellington city and the surrounding bays. These high-quality electric bikes are easy to use and suitable for any level of fitness. Ride the bays to take in the best viewpoints or use your e-bike as your transport between the must-see attractions of Wellington such as the Weta Workshop, Zealandia Sanctuary, Te Papa Museum, or the Wellington Cable Car located only 5-minutes away. Whether you're traveling solo, as a couple, or in a group, these top-quality electric bikes make your mode of transport an experience in itself. The local partner can recommend a great day route that takes you from their store on the Wellington Waterfront, around the bays to the Miramar Peninsula and back via a lookout of the harbor entrance and the Mount Victoria lookout.

Zealandia by Night Tour

3. Zealandia by Night Tour

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.

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(79 reviews)

Would happily book & go again. Merle was our guide- passionate & knowledgeable about her subject. Sprightly & engaging, she moved between all her guests to speak individually with them to find out their thoughts & views. She spent much more time than the allotted tour time (after asking everyone if they wanted to stay for more information). Zealandia is a must do activity when in Wellington.

The tour was throughoutly amazing. Our tour guide, Maria, has been with the project from the very beginning and was still super entusiastic about it. She pointed out so many things to us and told of plenty about Zealandia's history. Totally recommend going there.

We had a charming guide, nice man with gray beard! We were just 6 person at 13pm-15.30 pm on friday 1.3. We rushed away fast without saying goodbye. Thank you for amazing experience! Sinikka and Marja, two finnish ladies

Mariska our tour guide was excellent very informative without being boring. Excellent tour. She was very passionate about Zealandia which was infectious

the tourguide was very passionate about everything, loved it