Australian officials visit Zealandia

March 5, 2014

Visitors to Zealandia

The Department of Conservation and Zealandia showcased successful conservation projects in the Wellington region last week during a visit from Australian officials. Hon. Steven Dickson, Queensland’s Minister for National Parks, …

Local woman saves adventurous tuatara

February 25, 2014

The injured tuatara. (Photo by Lorna Borrett)

Lorna Borrett was startled to find the tuatara while walking her dog Dobby. She wasn’t sure what it was and phoned her partner Jacob Rosevear. ”I only knew of tuatara through …

Juvenile tuatara to come of age at Zealandia

February 12, 2014

Two of the juvenile tuatara set to be released at Zealandia this evening

It’s Tuatara February at Zealandia. To celebrate, five juvenile tuatara will be released into the sanctuary this evening when they are returned from Victoria University of Wellington’s captive incubation programme. “In the …

Tuatara ambassadors are ready for the spotlight!

February 6, 2014

The male tuatara ambassador is shared with a crowd at Zealandia. (Photo: Kimberley Collins)

The tuatara is an ancient reptile with three eyes and no penis. Its ancestors once walked with dinosaurs and it is often called a “living fossil”. We call it a …

Little spotted kiwi chick is returned to Zealandia

December 6, 2013

The rehabilitated little spotted kiwi is released into the Zealandia eco-sanctuary. (Photo: Kimberley Collins)

A little spotted kiwi has been re-released into the Zealandia eco-sanctuary after its successful rehabilitation at Wellington Zoo. The kiwi was first noticed by a member of the public while …

Lead Roofing is Bittersweet for Urban Kākā

December 2, 2013

Kaka (3)

Zealandia is working with Massey University and Wellington Zoo to investigate a recent increase in cases of lead poisoning in urban kākā populations around Wellington. “Lead is a highly toxic …

Taking the birdsong beyond Wellington

November 22, 2013

500th Kaka Chick

The 500th kākā to be banded at Zealandia received its 2013 blue leg band on Wednesday 20th of November. This milestone is reached just 11 years after the founding population …

Zealandia launches lower price structure and enhanced visitor experience

October 17, 2013


Zealandia launches lower price structure and enhanced visitor experience Further details can be found at Zealandia’s latest enhancements and revised price structure, available from tomorrow, 18th October 2013, have …

A rare chance to see threatened pied shag chicks, up close at Zealandia

October 7, 2013


Never before seen so close at Zealandia, two threatened pied shag pairs have nested near the public path and are raising chicks a mere three metres from entranced visitors. Previous …

Zealandia appoints new Chief Executive

September 25, 2013

Prominent Wellingtonian Hilary Beaton is welcomed today to Zealandia by the Karori Sanctuary Trust Board. Ms Beaton has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive, which she will take …