Zealandia is a world-class conservation project and attraction in Wellington, New Zealand, where the biodiversity of 225 ha of forest is being restored.
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Living Wild as Nature Intended

ZEALANDIA is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. The 225 hectare ecosanctuary is a groundbreaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, 6 of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years. 




What you can expect from a visit to one of New Zealand's most ground-breaking conservation projects

tours & itineraries


Make the most of your visit by joining one of our experienced guides on a tour of the sanctuary valley    

Visiting hours & Prices


All the essential information you need to plan your next visit to ZEALANDIA

Buy tickets online


Skip the queues and purchase your ZEALANDIA admission ahead of your visit

Become a ZEALANDIA Member

Join Today

Become a ZEALANDIA Member and help us to protect New Zealand’s rare and endangered native wildlife while supporting a 500-year vision to restore Wellington’s natural heritage. ZEALANDIA Members are critical to the sanctuary’s conservation efforts. With your help we have been able to transfer dozens of native species and can continue to provide a safe haven for our special native flora & fauna.

Enter Your Details


Let us know how to get in touch with you by entering or renewing your contact details online

Support our vision


Pay securely online via credit or debit card with proceeds supporting our ongoing conservation work  

Enjoy your membership!


Enjoy access to the sanctuary for 12 months and a range of exciting member benefits!


Get involved at ZEALANDIA by joining our volunteer workforce. We run a number of work-groups covering a wide range of tasks. Whether you donate your time once a month, or regularly each week, there’s bound to be a way for you to get stuck in!

Volunteers come from all walks of life. You must be over 15 years of age and acceptance may be dependent upon a satisfactory police check. The rest depends on you, your availability and fitness.


Sanctuary Care & Preservation


Looking after the infrastructure that keeps ZEALANDIA running, from track maintenance to biosecurity.



Conservation is at the heart of what we do, and it wouldn't be possible without volunteer help. This involves seasonal work from bird feeding to monitoring.

Visitor Experience


As a visitor destination we need to provide the best possible experience for our guests. This involves learning all about our native flora & fauna to assist visitors.


With a strong focus on high-quality, New Zealand made items the ZEALANDIA Store is the perfect place to stock up on gifts for your friends and family, or pick up something special for yourself!

We have an extensive selection of natural history books and there are wonderful toys for all ages. Wherever possible, we source our stock from local designers and artisans, making this a great place to pick up authentic, original souvenirs of your visit to New Zealand.