Make the most of your visit to Zealandia by joining our Guides for a walk or casual talk about
the sanctuary and its special inhabitants - included with admission. You can also use our visitor map to plan your adventure.

Walk & Talks

A 45 minute guided exploration of the lower area of the sanctuary. Topics vary to fit the season and interests of those on the tour.

Tours start from the pontoon steps (find on our visitor map), so allow around 15 minutes walking time from the Visitor Centre.


11:15 am
1:15 pm

Public Holidays

11:15 am
12:15 pm
1:15 pm

Treasures At ZEALANDIA

A 30 minute casual session run on public holidays and weekends. Drop in and chat with our friendly Guide about our remarkable native species.

Please allow between 15-30 minutes to walk treasure locations from Visitor Centre.

Geckos & heritage

10:15 am - 10:45 am

(Gecko display)


Takahē & shags

11:15 am - 11:45 am

(Wetlands lawn)


Kākā & kākāriki

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

(Upper kākā feeders)


Tuatara & wētā

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

(Tuatara Research Area)


Private & Custom Tours

If there are 10 or more people in your group, or if you would simply like a more personalised tour, please contact to discuss how we can best meet your interests and needs.

The recommended tour time is two hours but can be changed to meet individual needs. Tours can be designed in conjunction with your conference or private function. Discounts are also available depending on group size.

Please note: guiding your own groups at ZEALANDIA is prohibited.

"As I hike further into this wilderness 10 minutes from the city, the only sounds are birdsong and the wind stirring the tops of pine trees lining the ridge. It’s a wonderful place to decompress – the perfect break from the perfect city break." - Nikki Marshall, The Guardian

 Visiting hours and prices

We're open every day except Christmas Day! Last entry is at 4pm.

General Admission

9am - 5pm

Rata Café (Weekdays)

9am - 4:30pm

Rata Café (Weekends)

9am - 5pm

Note: Due to functions Rata may sometimes close early. We recommend calling ahead of time.

General Admission


General day admission into the exhibition and sanctuary

Exhibition only


General admission into the exhibition only



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Getting Here

ZEALANDIA is just a stone's throw from the Wellington CBD, so getting here is easy!

Our address is:
53 Waiapu Road
New Zealand 6012


Free Shuttle


Our 11-seater shuttle picks up & drops off ZEALANDIA visitors FREE from outside the city i-SITE and top of the Cable Car.

Shuttle Timetable & Information

Public Bus


Many of Wellington's public buses will stop at the end of Waiapu Road. This is about a two minute walk from the sanctuary.

For the latest bus timetables and updates, go to

Cable Car


You can take the Wellington Cable car from Lambton Quay to the top of the Botanic Gardens. From there it's just a 20-30 minute walk to ZEALANDIA, or hop on our free shuttle.

To see the latest timetables and updates, go to

Electric Vehicles


ZEALANDIA has three Electric Vehicle charging stations available for public use. These will charge the average EV around twice as quickly as a regular household charger.

We also have an eBike charging station which visitors are welcome to use. eBikes make riding to the sanctuary easy and fun as you get a little help up some of Wellington’s famous hills! Don't have an eBike? You can hire one from Switched On Bikes and get the cost of your sanctuary admission refunded when you return it!*

*Applicable on hirage for full day or longer only. Customers will need to present ZEALANDIA receipt to be eligible for refund. Refund applies for ZEALANDIA day admission only.

Little Spotted Kiwi bird


After your guide shows you the highlights of our interactive exhibition, you will walk through the gates of our predator exclusion fence and hear the evening birdsong that has been absent on mainland New Zealand for more than a century. Explore the valley by torchlight as your guide leads you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest.

What You Might See:

Little Spotted Kiwi | Glow-Worms | Ruru/Morepork | Pāteke | Longfin Eel | Maud Island Frog | Tuatara | Wētā | Kākā | Takahē


ZEALANDIA by Night Timetable:

ZEALANDIA by Night runs for around 2.5 hours. Tours depart approx. 30 minutes before sunset. You’ll see your tour's start time upon booking.

Summer season
1 November - 31 March
Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Winter season
1 April - 31 October
Wed | Fri | Sat | Sun

Private tours available upon request. Please contact 


ZEALANDIA by Night Prices:

Child (ages 12-17)
Adult Members
Child Members (ages 12-17)
Concession (Students & Seniors)

How to Book:

Simply choose your preferred date on the calendar (available dates will show in green).

You will see what time this tour starts, and how many spaces are available. Let us know how many of you are coming and fill out your details.

We'll then send you an email confirming your booking with a receipt and a little more info. Easy!


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What You Need to Know

  • • The tour runs for around 2.5 hours
  • • Tours depart approx. 30 minutes before sunset. You’ll see your tour's start time upon booking
  • • The minimum age for ZEALANDIA by Night is 12 years
  • • There is a maximum of 12 people per tour
  • • All tours go rain or shine, so please dress to the conditions. Wear sturdy footwear, plenty of layers and a waterproof jacket
  • • Tour follows sealed and unsealed path, and may include steps and gentle slopes
  • • Torches are provided. They have a red filter so they won’t disturb wildlife or affect your night vision

Kid's Night Walks

Got kids under 12? We run Kid's Night Walks on selected nights during most school holiday periods.

Kid’s Night Walks at ZEALANDIA are wonderful opportunity for families with younger children to experience the night sounds and sights of the ZEALANDIA valley. They are slightly shorter than regular ZEALANDIA by Night tours at one and a half hours.

Minimum child age 5 years. Maximum child age 12.
Minimum 1 adult per family group.
Run on select dates only.


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Welcome to our living classroom!

At ZEALANDIA, students and teachers can walk through a regenerating forest thriving with rare and endangered wildlife. Our sanctuary is a living classroom that provides outstanding education opportunities for all ages. The interactive exhibition will take students on a journey of restoration. Our ongoing conservation effort has created the perfect environment for young minds to thrive alongside the rare and endangered wildlife that call our sanctuary home.

Education Programmes

Join our specially-trained education staff on an exciting expedition around this unique eco-sanctuary, stay the night and experience native wildlife by dusk, or even have rangers visit your school!


Our resources are framed within an inquiry-based education model and are designed to stimulate student interest and equip students with knowledge that will support their visit to ZEALANDIA.

Outreach Programmes

When your school can't come to ZEALANDIA, our rangers will come to you! Learn more about tracking and trapping pests in your neighbourhood, and how to make your school a safe zone for native species.

School Holiday Programme

The ZEALANDIA school holiday programme is tailored for primary and intermediate school children aged between 5 and 12 years with a love for nature, getting outside and mucking in to make a difference. We would love your child to join us!


ZEALANDIA works hard to ensure everyone has an opportunity to experience the unique native flora and fauna of New Zealand. Although it is an outdoor environment, a large area of the sanctuary is accessible for wheelchair users, deaf or blind visitors, and visitors with other impairments. View wheelchair-friendly tracks on our visitor map.


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