ZEALANDIA is open every day except Christmas Day! Last entry is at 4pm.
9am - 5pm
9am - 4:30pm
Due to functions Rātā may sometimes close early. We recommend calling ahead of time.
An engaging two hour tour with an experienced guide to point out the best of our rare native wildlife.
Includes General Admission.
Discover the awe of twilight at ZEALANDIA, as the sanctuary transforms from daylight to night during this special guided experience.
An after-hours guided tour by torchlight in search of New Zealand's nocturnal wildlife.
Includes General Admission.
Concession Tickets: Require presentation upon admission of a valid New Zealand Student ID, SuperGold Card, Community Services Card or WCC Leisure Card.
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.
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 electric shuttles pick up & drop 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 Join Today
ZEALANDIA has ten Electric Vehicle charging stations (one Type 1 CCS stations and nine Type 2 CCS 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.
ZEALANDIA run a range of events and activities at the sanctuary, including some regular ones below. You can also check out our events page to see what else is on 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, at Rātā Cafe! Suitable for under-fives, but everyone is welcome.
Every Wednesday is Buggies Go Bush Day! Parents and caregivers with buggies or prams can enter the sanctuary for just $10 (Members enter for free!). Each ticket is valid for two consecutive days. We have two buggies available to borrow free of charge, just ask the friendly staff at the front desk.
We are no longer running in-house school holiday programmes. If you are a parent or caregiver who would like to send your children to experience ZEALANDIA these school holidays please contact one of the following providers who may be visiting us over the holiday break:
ASB Sports Centre (WCC)
After School Fun Club
During school holidays ZEALANDIA is offering school holiday programme providers the chance to book specialised experiences for their groups to explore Wellington’s unique ecosanctuary with skilled and experienced educators.
These sessions are open to all holiday programme providers that offer external trips as part of their programming and are available in morning and afternoon sessions.
To find out more see our information sheet for providers, or contact us at email@example.com
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.