Experience an early morning in the sanctuary . Hear the songs of tīeke and hihi as they emerge from their nests and herald the start of a brand-new day.
Depending on sunrise time, your guided tour begins up to 30 mins before dawn. The sanctuary’s nocturnal residents have just headed back to their burrows. As the valley awakens, watch the light change and let the crisp winter morning refresh and invigorate your senses. Being the first and only visitors in the valley, you are in for an exclusive, undisturbed experience. Listen to the beautiful dawn chorus, observe the bird’s cheerful morning activity, and feel reconnected to nature again. Your tour group will pause in the forest to enjoy a peaceful moment of quiet time with a hot cup of kawakawa tea.
At the end of the tour, recharge with breakfast at Rātā café as a reward for your early start. Ticket price includes the tea break in the valley, and a breakfast bagel and barista coffee/ hot drink at the café.
What You Might See:
Hihi | Tieke | Kākā | Kakariki | Takahē | Tuatara | Whitehead | Wētā | Kererū | Hihi | Bellbird
All proceeds raised through the sale of ZEALANDIA tour tickets contributes to the ongoing work of our sanctuary to restore nature. Your visit is an important part of the sanctuary’s success.