Zealandia at Dawn

Photograph wildlife and nature like a pro! Discover our small-group exclusive photography tours. Over three hours you’ll get unprecedented access to advice from expert photographers and view Zealandia through a whole new lens.

These tours are for keen beginners, ambitious amateurs, and accomplished photographers – anyone seeking to capture incredible once-in-a lifetime moments in nature.

Join Zealandia’s resident photographers on a stroll through the sanctuary to photograph the very best of New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Capture raindrops on fern fronds, light shining through the forest canopy, and the striking detail and colour of bird feathers.

Each tour will depend on what we see on the day, as Zealandia is a wild environment. You will spend time at different locations throughout the sanctuary.

What to bring with you:

Sturdy walking shoes
Warm clothing layers, sun hat/beanie, waterproof jacket
Tripod if you have one
Water bottle and snacks


Duration: 3.5 hours guided photography walk
Price: $120 per person
Member Price: $60 per person
Departing: 7.30am, Saturdays
Tours available: October - April, weekends
Minimum Number: 4 people per tour
Maximum Capacity: 10 people per tour
Minimum Age:  12 years
Private tours available on request - Contact Us


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We are introducing tours that will be focussed on a specific photography style for the day. Other styles and topics may be touched on during the tour, depending on the conditions and encounters on the day. Please check below for dates with a specialised tour. 

9 December 2023: Bird photography
6 January 2024: Black and white photography 
10 February 2024: Smartphone photography 
30 March 2024: Fungi photography 


"This place is incredible. The scenery alone makes Zealandia well worth a visit, add the possibility of seeing some beautiful and rare wildlife makes it a place you’d be crazy to miss." - ZEALANDIA review by Lodge89, via Trip Advisor


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When should I arrive? All tours visitors must arrive at the ZEALANDIA Visitor Centre 15 minutes before the tour start time. 
What should I wear? Dress to the conditions, with comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing and a waterproof layer just in case!
What if the weather is bad on the day of my tour? We go out in just about all conditions, so be prepared! In very extreme circumstances we may call off a tour for safety reasons. If this happens to your tour we will let visitors know as soon as possible and do our best to arrange a tour at a later date.
Can I book my own private tour?  Absolutely! Just email us and we can arrange for you.
What if I have any mobility or accessibility requirements? Please reach out if you have any health or mobility issues and would like to attend the tour. Some of the tracks used on public tours are not suitable for wheelchair users. It may be possible to arrange a private tour instead. On private tours, we are pretty flexible in catering for any special requirement. Please contact tours@visitzealandia.com to see how we can accommodate you. We also have more general accessibility information here.
How do I get to ZEALANDIA? ZEALANDIA is just a 10 minute drive from the CBD, and also on multiple bus lines. See more here.

What payment methods are accepted? Online payment accept only Mastercard or Visa
What if the booking widget isn't working for me? Head to our booking page here or contact tours@visitzealandia.com to book.


Terms and Conditions & cancellation policy can be found here. 

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