Monday 3rd October: Freshwater day
Come and explore the wonderful world of stream life in the sanctuary valley. For children aged 8-12, you will investigate the streams beyond the upper dam along-side a freshwater expert! For the younger ones some stream sampling, boat racing and other fun activities will be happening in the lower valley streams.
Tuesday 4th October: Busy Bees
Would you recognise a New Zealand bee? Find out how to tell the difference between native and introduced bees. We will have some experts on hand to give you the facts and spend time exploring the sanctuary to look for bee habitats. Use different materials and design ideas to make bee homes for your gardens and take a look at how bee hives work.
Wednesday 5th October: Plants: Friends or enemies?*
ZEALANDIA is teaming up with the Wellington Botanic Gardens for a half day visit to look at the amazing world of plant survival, plants to avoid and plants that help us in our everyday lives. Become a plant expert in your backyard and learn how to attract wildlife to your garden! Back at ZEALANDIA, we have a great opportunity to work with Jerome Kavanagh, a carver and player of ancient Māori instruments. He will guide us through the process of making our own traditional instrument, a Ukutangi, using clay and teach us how to play it.
*Off-site day: $60
Thursday 6th October: Endangered New Zealand Birds
What’s happening at ZEALANDIA? Some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds are being protected here in the sanctuary. Meet our rangers and researchers to find out what is going on behind the scenes and why their work is so important. Join us for a bird hunt in the valley and see if you can spot the elusive shining cuckoo!
Friday 7th October: Treasure hunt and board game design day
A treasure hunt with a difference is a great way to explore ZEALANDIA. Spend the morning looking for clues and spotting amazing wild life with your guide before trying your hand at animal themed board game design in the afternoon.