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Zealandia Small Group Eco Wildlife Night Tour

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Wellington, New Zealand
Zealandia Small Group Eco Wildlife Night Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Gain entry to Zealandia at night and take a guided tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition, which showcases New Zealand’s natural history. Interact with a life-size model moa and Haast’s eagle — both extinct — and learn about the country’s conservation efforts to preserve other native species. Located just minutes from central Wellington, Zealandia includes a night tour of Sanctuary Valley, a fenced eco-sanctuary and safe haven for endemic animal and bird species such as the nocturnal little spotted kiwi.
  • Nighttime visit to Zealandia in Wellington
  • Guided tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition
  • State-of-the-art interactive facility
  • Lifelike models of extinct animals
  • See rare native New Zealand animals in their natural habitat
  • Search for elusive kiwi and the many other nocturnal animals as your guide leads you through the Sanctuary Valley in the dark
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Torches/flashlights supplied
Guided walking tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
53 Waiapu Road , 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

The ZEALANDIA Visitors Centre is located at the end of Waiapu Road.

This activity will end right where it started.
Discover New Zealand’s natural history on a nighttime visit to Zealandia, an eco-restoration facility just 10 minutes from downtown Wellington. Find your way there for a guided tour that includes Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley.

Get a firsthand look at prehistoric beasts and other endemic native animals that once roamed the islands. At the state-of-the-art exhibit, you can interact with lifelike models of the now-extinct moa — giant flightless birds — and a fearsome predator: the Haast’s eagle.

After learning about these long-lost giants of the bird world, be riveted by a light and sound show that takes you through at least 1,000 years of change. Then walk through a predator-proof fence into the Sanctuary Valley, listening for birdsong in the 550-acre (225-hectare) eco-sanctuary. Follow your guide in search of nocturnal creatures such as the kaka, weta, tuatara and the elusive kiwi as you make your way by flashlight.
Itinerary
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ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
The tour begins with a short film and introduction inside the Visitor Centre's interactive exhibition. Afterwards, the guide leads the group on an exciting walk through the sanctuary in search of wildlife.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wear sturdy footwear, bring extra layers of clothing and a waterproof jacket. Torches (flashlights) are supplied
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with limited mobility, or difficulty walking for 2 hours in low-light conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zealandia
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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star-5
Never thought I wd see...
Sally_D
, May 2022
Never thought I wd see kiwi in the wild … and we saw three! Perfectly paced evening in a very special environment.
star-5
Kiwi spotted!
lizzee
, May 2022
We saw a kiwi on the grass at the start of our tour - it seemed unconcerned about having an audience and let us get up quite close!
star-5
Perfect evening in the sanctuary
Julianne_L
, Apr 2022
Turns out that dusk is a perfect time to be there. Our sharp-eyed guide and spotter found lots of night-time treasures for us, including Maud Island frogs and kiwi. Highly-recommended.
star-5
So worth it
Emily_K
, Mar 2022
We saw so many native species including like 10 tuatara and a little spotted kiwi it was a fantastic experience and well worth it
star-5
A "Must do" when visiting the Wellington area (or anywhere nearby).
Kevin_K
, Mar 2020
A wonderful evening. Our guides were VERY knowledgeable and also fun and endearing. A small group (Max. 12) is the perfect size. Well paced and consideration given to those a bit slower walking. It was like 3 tours in one because we also got to see glow-worms and a huge eel. This is also a really feel-good environmentally positive thing that is being done... so you should definitely feel good supporting Zealandia.
star-5
Saw Kiwi, excel guide
Allison_K
, Feb 2020
Excel guide & saw kiwi eel shags nesting lizard type creature etc great experience and will recommend
star-5
Night Exploration
Gordon M
, Jul 2019
What a wonderful experience for all of us. This was a unique experience exploring the wildlife with a guide to point out and name the various wildlife that can be seen nowhere else.
star-5
Could not have asked for more. Mary did...
Diane N
, Jan 2018
Could not have asked for more. Mary did an excellent job of finding us 3 kiwi closeup. Well worth the money as we learnt a lot that night. Thank you.
star-4
The guide had a lot of interesting...
Ralph G
, Mar 2017
The guide had a lot of interesting information for us, but don't go expecting to definitely see a kiwi - they are shy and rare. I enjoyed the vegetation, wildlife we saw and the information we learned.
star-5
Definitely worthwhile. We were lucky...
William_M
, Jan 2017
Definitely worthwhile. We were lucky with perfect weather and saw two kiwis! The guides were great. Seeing you have to arrive well before dark, it is a shame that the ticket price does not include the ability to spend an hour or so to see the park before dark. You need to arrange your own travel home after the tour - but the guides are happy to call a taxi for you which we needed when our pre-arranged cab did not show.
star-4
We saw three semi wild kiwis on the...
Robert
, Dec 2016
We saw three semi wild kiwis on the tour. Provided with red light torches so as not to disturb the animals. Although told not to us flash, a number of ignorant BRITISH tourists did which scared the kiwis off.
star-5
Even though it was raining during...
Sandy C
, Sep 2016
Even though it was raining during our tour, we still learned a lot about the wildlife here. Our guide was awesome keeping things fun and interesting as we all looked and found things to look at. We saw wetas yuk!, a tuna eel, a takahe. We were about to give up hope of seeing a kiwi...but then our guide spotted one 10 minutes before the end of the tour! We watched the cute little kiwi for a good 2 minutes, and then the kiwi came out on the path and walked/waddled down the trail giving us a show! It was AWESOME!
star-1
It was tooo dark and we couldn't see...
Faten_A
, Aug 2016
It was tooo dark and we couldn't see anything and the red light that was given to us was very low and of no use. We saw nothing, none of the animals and birds mentioned except of the blue bird that was with us from the beginning of the tour. I really do not recommend it, it is just a waste of time.
star-5
Hard to explain how much I...
Cuilian_Y
, Jun 2016
Hard to explain how much I appreciated this tour. The 500-year vision of Zealandia is amazing and I truly hope that they will achieve it. Our guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they do and what they believe! Great tour!
star-4
Great evening tour. Saw several...
Richard R
, Nov 2015
Great evening tour. Saw several birds including a kiwi and glow worms, eels etc. this is a wonderful project for all of NZ.
star-5
We saw 4 kiwi. I work with a girl...
Vicki L
, Jun 2015
We saw 4 kiwi. I work with a girl from NZ, she hasn't even seen that many in real life! Great experience.
star-5
Would highly recommend if you want...
mike.gordon
, Apr 2015
Would highly recommend if you want to see Kiwi's. That was what I was going for and it worked out quite well! Saw some other birds and stuff as well but you could also see them during the day I guess. Also got a discount for the day time after doing the tour!
star-2
It was very enjoyable and...
Frances P
, Aug 2014
It was very enjoyable and informative, but expectations are raised with the high cost of the ticket. It would have been nice to have had a little 'added value', such as some hot chocolate after the walk, larger groups being split into smaller sizes to maximise the chance of kiwi spotting (the main reason for the expidition) or some pre-baiting to attract eel numbers. Being a wild environment it there are no guarantees to see a kiwi- in our case we didn't, and obviously this dampened the experience. Giving this fact, we would have appreciated either a slight discount or another chance to take the our again on another evening.
star-5
Super tour. We had a fabulous guide...
esrae045
, Apr 2014
Super tour. We had a fabulous guide, very knowledgeable. So thrilled to see 4 Kiwi!
star-4
This is as close as you can get to...
Kris L
, Feb 2014
This is as close as you can get to seeing kiwi in their natural habitat. All in all a very pleasant walk.

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