ZEALANDIA is open every day except Christmas Day! Last entry is at 4pm.
9am - 5pm
9am - 4:30pm
Note: Due to functions Rata may sometimes close early. We recommend calling ahead of time.
General day admission into the exhibition and sanctuary. Self-guided (view our map) and valid for two days from your first visit.
An engaging two hour tour with an experienced guide to point out the best of our rare native wildlife.
Includes General Admission.
An after-hours guided tour by torchlight in search of New Zealand's nocturnal wildlife.
Includes General Admission.
*Concession prices are for NZ Students & Seniors only. A valid New Zealand Student ID or SuperGold Card is required.
ZEALANDIA By Night Tours are for those aged 12 years and over, subject to availability, booking essential.
"As I hike further into this wilderness 10 minutes from the city, the only sounds are birdsong and the wind stirring the tops of pine trees lining the
ridge. It’s a wonderful place to decompress – the perfect break from the perfect city break." - Nikki Marshall, The Guardian
Make the most of your visit to ZEALANDIA with a guided tour! Enjoy all the sights and sounds of ZEALANDIA with an experienced guide who will lead you through the sanctuary valley. Soak up the beautiful scenery while learning more about New Zealand’s unique ecological history.
Guided tours provide visitors with insights into the native bird, reptile and plant species that are thriving within the predator proof sanctuary. Tours can be enjoyed during the day, twilight and at night, and each provides a very distinct and unforgettable experience.
Ideal for groups and those wanting an exclusive and private tour. Enjoy all the sights and sounds of ZEALANDIA with an expert guide, who will lead you through the picturesque sanctuary to witness the native wildlife that is once again living on mainland New Zealand. Soak up the beautiful scenery while learning more about our unique ecological history.
Introductory Walk & Talks provide a 30-45 minute welcome to the sanctuary. Please note these are primarily run by volunteers and may not always be available. If you'd like to guarantee the best guided experience see our tours.
These begin at the Pontoon Steps (find on the map) and do not need to be booked.
12 noon, 2pm,
ZEALANDIA is just a stone's throw from the Wellington CBD, so getting here is easy!
Our address is:
53 Waiapu Road
New Zealand 6012
We have limited free parking available at the ZEALANDIA Visitor Centre. Additional free parking is available 500m away in the Birdwood Road carpark.
Our 11-seater shuttle picks up & drops off ZEALANDIA visitors FREE from outside the city i-SITE and top of the Cable Car.
Shuttle Timetable & Information
Many of Wellington's public buses will stop at the end of Waiapu Road. This is about a two minute walk from the sanctuary.
For the latest bus timetables and updates, go to
You can take the Wellington Cable car from Lambton Quay to the top of the Botanic Gardens. From there it's just a 20-30 minute walk to ZEALANDIA, or hop on our free shuttle.
To see the latest timetables and updates, go to www.wellingtoncablecar.co.nz
ZEALANDIA has three Electric Vehicle charging stations available for public use. These will charge the average EV around twice as quickly as a regular household charger.
We also have an eBike charging station which visitors are welcome to use. eBikes make riding to the sanctuary easy and fun as you get a little help up some of Wellington’s famous hills! Don't have an eBike? You can hire one from Switched On Bikes and get the cost of your sanctuary admission refunded when you return it!*
*Applicable on hirage for full day or longer only. Customers will need to present ZEALANDIA receipt to be eligible for refund. Refund applies for ZEALANDIA day admission only.
At ZEALANDIA, students and teachers can walk through a regenerating forest thriving with rare and endangered wildlife. Our sanctuary is a living classroom that provides outstanding education opportunities for all ages. The interactive exhibition will take students on a journey of restoration. Our ongoing conservation effort has created the perfect environment for young minds to thrive alongside the rare and endangered wildlife that call our sanctuary home.
Join our specially-trained education staff on an exciting expedition around this unique eco-sanctuary, stay the night and experience native wildlife by dusk, or even have rangers visit your school!
Our resources are framed within an inquiry-based education model and are designed to stimulate student interest and equip students with knowledge that will support their visit to ZEALANDIA.
When your school can't come to ZEALANDIA, our rangers will come to you! Learn more about tracking and trapping pests in your neighbourhood, and how to make your school a safe zone for native species.
The ZEALANDIA school holiday programme is tailored for primary and intermediate school children aged between 5 and 12 years with a love for nature, getting outside and mucking in to make a difference. We would love your child to join us!
Storytime at ZEALANDIA
At 10:00am every Wednesday, join us for a free half-hour storytelling session for kids with a mixture of fun stories and rhymes! Suitable for under-fives, but everyone is welcome.
Note: Storytime runs every Wednesday except Public Holidays
Buggies Go Bush
Then at 11:00am every Wednesday, join us for Buggies Go Bush! Parents and caregivers with buggies or prams can enter the sanctuary for just $10 (Members enter for free!)
ZEALANDIA works hard to ensure everyone has an opportunity to experience the unique native flora and fauna of New Zealand. Although it is an outdoor environment, a large area of the sanctuary is accessible for wheelchair users, deaf or blind visitors, and visitors with other impairments. View wheelchair-friendly tracks on our visitor map.