Discover the awe of twilight at ZEALANDIA, as the sanctuary transforms from daylight to night during this special guided experience. You will have an opportunity to experience the dusk chorus sung by a cacophony of native New Zealand birds. Experience a flurry of activity as a range of resident birds return to their nests, against the magical backdrop of the dusk sky and the calm forest environment. You may even experience the first sights and sounds of the nocturnal birds, such as kiwi and ruru (morepork / owl) as they wake. Twilight Tours are an unforgettable, immersive experience, which will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.
*Kiwi sightings occur occasionally on Twilight Tours. Your best opportunity to see kiwi whilst they are most active is on a ZEALANDIA By Night tour.

What You Might See:

Kākā | Takahē | Tuatara | Tūī | Shags | Little Spotted Kiwi | Pāteke | Hihi


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.


Duration: 2.5 hours
Departing: Between 5:45pm – 7:15pm based on sunset time. Departure time will be confirmed upon booking. 
Tours available: October - March
Maximum Capacity: 12 people per tour 
Minimum Age:  5 years



Adult: $95
Child (ages 5-17): $47.50
Adult Members: $47.50
Child Members (ages 5-17): $23.75


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"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. 
How much walking is involved? Expect to be on your feet for 2 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
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 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
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Terms and Conditions & cancellation policy can be found here. 

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