Where Wild Meets Child

Experience the sights and sounds of ZEALANDIA at night! Kids’ Night Walks are a fun and adventurous experience for younger children (min. age 5) and their families to witness the nocturnal species that only come out at night.

The tours are 1.5 hours and take place on mostly flat and easy walking tracks. You’ll need to dress up warmly, wear your sneakers or gumboots and bring a waterproof jacket with you, as the tours proceed rain or shine.

Torches will be provided, we use special red light torches that don’t disturb the wildlife. 
Older siblings are welcome to attend but please note that children over the age of 12 will be charged the $50 Adult rate.  For the safety and comfort of all attendees, we cannot confirm unattended children or adults without any children on this tour, and we require a ratio of no more than three children per adult in attendance.
Start times vary based on sunset time. Between April – September the earliest tour start time is 6:00pm, with the latest being 6:45pm. You can check the tour start time when booking.

Tours are run April - September each year. Outside of these times, check out our amazing Twilight Tours
These tours are very popular. An alternative is booking a private night tour with your family.

What You Might See:

Wētā | Glow-worms | Little Spotted Kiwi| Takahē | Tuatara | Kererū | Tui | Shags | Ruru/Morepork



Duration: 1.5 hours
Departing: Around dusk. Departure time will be confirmed upon booking.
Tours Available: April - September
Term Time: Weekends
School Holidays:  Weekends & additional days during the week
Maximum Capacity: 12 people per tour 
Minimum Age:  5 years



Child (ages 5-12): From $25
Adult: From $50
Child Members (ages 5-12): From $20
Adult Members: From $42.50


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"Here the sanctuary protect some of the endangered NZ species. It's great to see so much effort put into looking after these gems.. great for the kids and very very interesting for the inquisitive adults" - ZEALANDIA review by Cameron, 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. 
How much walking is involved? Expect to be on your feet for 1.5 hours. The tours venture through the Zealandia bush and tracks will include slopes, gravel and uneven terrain in places. It is not a strenuous walk but you will need reasonable fitness to join the public tour. If you have any doubt whether the tour is right for you, please get in touch at tours@visitzealandia.com.
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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Twilight Tours


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