To self-guide around the sanctuary, buy a ZEALANDIA General Admission ticket.

This gives you access to over 32km of tracks where you can spot abundant wildlife among the regenerating forest. You can also check out the indoor exhibition and see a life-size moa, learn about the natural history of New Zealand and understand how ZEALANDIA came to be.

This pass is valid between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Note closing time is 4:30pm from May 1

Last entry to the sanctuary is at 4:00 pm.


Adults: $24
Child (under age 5): Free
Children (ages 5 - 17): $10 
Concession (NZ senior, NZ student): $21.50
Family (2 adults and 1-3 children): $53
Members: Free
Concession Tickets: Require presentation upon admission of a valid New Zealand Student ID, SuperGold Card, Community Services Card or WCC Leisure Card.


Visitors generally spend 2-3 hours in the sanctuary, but you can make a whole day of it! Take your time while exploring – stop and listen for birds that may be hiding just out of sight. Pack water and snacks or have a delicious meal at our onsite café.

There is plenty of space to explore at ZEALANDIA, so pre-purchasing tickets is not required – just turn up to the Visitor Centre at your leisure!

If you would like to book in advance, you can do so below.



what you might see

ZEALANDIA is about the most biodiversity-rich square mile of mainland New Zealand in terms of the species living wild here. Over 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 like ours.


Forty different species of native birds have been recorded in our sanctuary valley, twenty-four of them endemic (found in no other country). Check out some of the species you may encounter

Reptiles, Frogs & Invertebrates

New Zealand’s reptiles, insects, and amphibians have changed remarkably little since they were roaming the earth with the dinosaurs. Check out some of the ones you might spot in the sanctuary


Around 80% of New Zealand’s native plants and trees are found nowhere else in the world! Very few native trees drop their leaves in autumn so our forest is always green and lush. Check out some of the flora you may see