Hihi Update

December 16, 2014

A male hihi. (Photo by Janice McKenna)

The hihi breeding season got off to a rocky start this year and a number of nests were abandoned by females during incubation. While conservation staff couldn’t find anything to …

First Kākā Nestlings of 2014 Banded

December 14, 2014

The first kākā chick to be banded this season. (Photo by Linton Miller)

After a delayed start to the kākā breeding season we are now seeing a “baby boom”. Chicks are bursting out of their shells throughout the sanctuary and keeping our volunteer …

Polhill Gully Tieke Update

December 10, 2014

The male tieke at Polhill Gully. (Photo by Paul Stanley Ward)

It has now been over two weeks since the Polhill Gully tieke chicks left their nest. They are the first saddleback to nest on the mainland, outside of a fenced …

Volunteers Celebrated

December 9, 2014

  We recently celebrated the contribution and outstanding work our volunteers make to ZEALANDIA, and acknowledged those who have reached ten years of service. Zealandia has over 450 volunteers who …

Translocated Kākā Breeding

December 4, 2014

The kākā sits on her nest at Boundary Stream Sanctuary (Photo by Poutiri Ao ō Tāne)

One of the Juvenile kākā that was translocated from ZEALANDIA to Boundary Stream Sanctuary in the Hawkes Bay is incubating a clutch of eggs, despite staff being told that all birds in …

Beech Track Reopened

December 1, 2014

Beech Track Feature

Four months ago, a large pine tree was brought down during a storm. It landed right in the middle of the Beech Track, closing it for a few months. Instead …

Wellington Green Gecko’s Return

November 16, 2014

A green gecko is checked for mites. (Photo by Janice McKenna)

We recently welcomed eight more Wellington Green Geckos (Mokomoko Kākāriki) from Mana Island. ZEALANDIA is involved in a “head start programme” with the Department of Conservation. Juvenile forest and green …

Rehabilitated tuatara released at ZEALANDIA

November 7, 2014


An injured tuatara found outside ZEALANDIA’s fence by a local resident has been released back into the sanctuary, after spending 7 months being rehabilitated at Wellington Zoo’s The Nest Te Kōhanga. A member …

Make the most of your summer at ZEALANDIA with extended opening hours.

October 22, 2014

Photo by Daniel Allen

The Karori Sanctuary Trust held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday. The event saw over 90 members turn out for an annual update and presentations on ZEALANDIA’s work and conservation …

Wellington Open Day 2014

May 13, 2014


ZEALANDIA is excited to be a part of Wellington Open Day on Sunday 25 May when entry will be a gold coin donation. Wellingtonians are invited to experience ZEALANDIA – a world-class …