It’s the Little Things

April 2, 2014

Peripatus at Zealandia

By Lynn Freeman It’s only natural to look upwards when walking through the bush and trees of Zealandia. That’s where the action is, at least when it comes to the …

Fuchsia – an attractive, bird-friendly solution for your damp gully

March 31, 2014

Fuchsia procumbens. Illlustration by Eleanor Burton

Alfie here! Today I’m chatting to Eleanor Burton about bird friendly native plants, and especially our native fuchsia. Eleanor is in charge of the collections database at Otari, and is …

Ti kouka: a feast for birds big and small

December 6, 2013

Large clusters of scented flowers form berries that birds love

Alfie here, and today I’m talking about another bird-friendly plant in Wellington, and interviewing long time Zealandia volunteer guide, and conservationist, Des Smith.  I flew up to meet him in …

Feeding birds at home

December 3, 2013


If you enjoy the sights and sounds of wild, native birds in your garden, and want to contribute to their remarkable return to Wellington, this fact sheet is for you. …

Chair’s update, November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013

Off to a flying start…. Dear members, supporters and volunteers It has been quite a month: people moves, the launch of our spring refresh, meetings and conversations, and waves of …

Fresh spring changes at Zealandia

October 17, 2013


Spring always brings changes at Zealandia. But this season the changes extend well beyond our flourishing wildlife. Find out more: New General Admission pricing Visitor experience enhancements and new tours …

A dose of vitamin N

October 17, 2013

Saddleback / tieke by Brendon Doran

Connecting with nature is an innate and evolutionary need of humanity and, therefore, nature should be central to the design of any thriving city. Here in Wellington, just minutes from …

Checking up on kākā… or are they checking you out?

October 16, 2013

Kaka monitor Allison

Allison McPherson is, among other things, a volunteer kākā monitor at Zealandia. She’s been involved with the sanctuary since before the fence went up – before there were any kākā …

What are those strange little bags on the Fuchsia?

October 16, 2013

Flower netting on fuchsia

You may have noticed these rather festive looking bags on our Fuchsia trees at Tūī Terrace. What are they for? In short, they are to stop birds from pollinating them. …

Can you tell the ages of the kākā by the colours of their bands?

October 16, 2013

Kākā leg bands

[Ask a Ranger] “Can you tell the ages of the kākā by the colours of their bands? There was one in my tree today with an orange band.” - Judi …