“Zealandia by Night” tour
A night tour at Zealandia is a unique experience you will never forget.
After your guide shows you the highlights of our interactive exhibition you will walk through the gates of our predator-exclusion fence and hear evening birdsong that was absent on the mainland for more than a century.
Your guide will then lead you on a torch-light walk through the valley in search of the distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand bush…
Possible sights: Kiwi foraging on the forest floor, tuatara hunting for food, glow-worms shining, tiny Maud Island frogs in their enclosure, pāteke (brown teal) ducks feeding at night, kākā (parrots) coming in to roost.
Possible sounds: The high-pitched call of kiwi, the ghostly echo of the ruru (morepork), the scritch-scritch of tree wētā, the skraark of kākā and the rustling of the bush as nocturnal creatures start their nighttime activities.
Little spotted kiwi
Zealandia is one of the best places to see kiwi in the wild in New Zealand. Over 100 of these nocturnal birds live freely in their natural environment inside the safety of our sanctuary valley – so your chances of finding one are good and your guide will help you.
Lonely Planet described Zealandia’s night tour as a ‘life-changing experience’ in its Best in Travel 2011.
Adults (15 yrs+) $75*
Children (12-14 yrs) $36*
*Zealandia members: 50% discount.
- Booking essential.
- Length: Approximately 2.5 hours.
- Minimum age: 12 years.