Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore the valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to pre-human state.

Set around a picturesque reservoir, Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne is home to some of New Zealand's most rare and extraordinary wildlife - all thriving wild in a world-first protected sanctuary.

Winter Opening Hours:

9.00am - 4.30pm
(last entry at 4.00pm)

Open every day except Christmas Day



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Everything you need to know about your visit to the sanctuary



Learn more about our 500-year vision and our contribution to conservation in Aotearoa NZ



Find out what we offer for schools, ECE and young people



Offering delicious food + wedding and function packages



Shop for products with purpose – all sales contribute to our conservation work



Keep native wildlife flourishing and support us by donating towards our conservation work


Explore the outdoors at your own pace or be led by a guide! During the day, walk amongst rare birds like hihi, kākāriki and takahē. Spot prehistoric reptiles like the tuatara bathing in the sun. See how the sanctuary transforms after dark on a guided tour and search for thousands of glow worms and over 150 kiwi roaming free.

Experience the source of the increasing native bird biodiversity in Wellington, while supporting our ground-breaking conservation research.

Connect with nature. Visit Zealandia.




Zealandia Blog

To feed or not to feed: Bringing birds to your back yard

At Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne, we recommend planting native trees and shrubs, rather than putting out sugar water feeders or fruit and nuts to attract birds to your gardens. Here are a few reasons why...

Actions for the awa

Here are some steps you can take to improve the mouri/lifeforce and biodiversity of your neighbourhood awa/waterways.

Action at home: Create a lizard garden

Read about how Zealandia member and wildlife photographer, Holly Neill, created her little lizard haven, Mokomoko Manor, and how you can start one at home too.

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