Zealandia is a world-class conservation project and attraction in Wellington, New Zealand, where the biodiversity of 225 ha of forest is being restored.
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as Nature Intended

ZEALANDIA is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. The 225 hectare ecosanctuary is a groundbreaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, 6 of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years. 




What you can expect from a visit to one of New Zealand's most ground-breaking conservation projects



How to Experience ZEALANDIA


Make the most of your visit by joining one of our experienced guides on a tour of the sanctuary valley    

Visiting hours & Prices


All the essential information you need to plan your next visit to ZEALANDIA

Buy tickets online


Skip the queues and purchase your ZEALANDIA admission ahead of your visit


Our volunteers help us with a wide range of tasks and activities around ZEALANDIA, and volunteers come from all walks of life. Opportunities are often seasonal, requiring varying levels of skills, experience, availability and fitness. You must be over 15 years of age, and acceptance is dependent up on a satisfactory police check.

You can find out more about our teams and what they do by exploring the sections below. Information and application details about individual roles will be provided when specific opportunities become available


Sanctuary Care & Preservation


Looking after the infrastructure that keeps ZEALANDIA running, from track maintenance to biosecurity.



Conservation is at the heart of what we do, and it wouldn't be possible without volunteer help. This involves seasonal work from bird feeding to monitoring.

Visitor Experience


As a visitor destination we need to provide the best possible experience for our guests. This involves learning all about our native flora & fauna to assist visitors.

Help us Support Native Wildlife


ZEALANDIA has always been, and will always be, for conservation not profit. We rely on the support of everyday kiwis and visitors to continue building healthy populations of our precious native New Zealand species. It is these generous donations that allow us to extend conservation efforts beyond the fence, increasing biodiversity and knowledge of the natural world.

Help us to continue educating, inspiring and enthralling future generations, and providing a safe haven for these iconic native species we’ve come to know and love. Your support will build a healthy and sustainable future for Wellington and New Zealand as a whole.