Photo: Steve Attwood
Sanctuary

Our Wildlife

Wildlife

Zealandia is about the most biodiversity-rich square mile of mainland New Zealand in terms of the species living wild here – and just minutes from central Wellington!

Forty different species of native birds have been recorded in our sanctuary valley, twenty-four of them endemic (found in no other country). Dozens of reptile species, hundreds of plant species and thousands of kinds of invertebrates have made Zealandia their home. Many of the animals and plants you will see at Zealandia are highly endangered, and some are practically extinct in areas not protected by managed programmes like ours.

Some of our high-profile species are shown below. Find more using the menu.

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Korimako

Bellbird

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Pīwakawaka

Fantail

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Mokomoko

Geckos

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Riroriro

Grey warbler

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Hihi

Stitchbird

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Kākā

Kākā, Nth Is.

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Kākāriki

Red crowned parakeet

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Kererū

Wood pigeon, NZ

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Photo by Tom Lynch

Kiwi pukupuku

Little spotted kiwi

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Pāteke

Brown teal

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Toutouwai

Robin, Nth Is.

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Tīeke

Saddleback, Nth Is

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Takahē

Takahē, Sth Is.

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Tuatara

Tuatara

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Tūī

Parsonbird

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Pōpokotea

Whitehead

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