Explore the sanctuary by torchlight as your guide leads you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. Experience many of the rare and endangered species and see those which only come out at night. See unique species such as wētā, glow worms, and tuatara. Your group may see some of the 150 little spotted kiwi who call ZEALANDIA home - sightings of kiwi are common on these tours (circa 80%), but are not guaranteed. Gain insights into New Zealand’s natural history and the significance of the unique species within Māori culture. The tour will end with a replenishing cup of hot kawakawa (bushman’s tea) in the Visitors Centre. 

What You Might See:

Glow-Worms | Ruru/Morepork | Pāteke | Little Spotted Kiwi | Maud Island Frog | Tuatara | Wētā | Kākā | Takahē

What to bring:

You'll be venturing into the bush so please dress to the conditions.
Wear sturdy walking shoes, warm clothes and bring a waterproof jacket.


For families with children under 12: Twilight Tours



Duration: 2.5 hours
Departing: Around dusk. Departure time will be confirmed upon booking. 
Tours Available: Nightly
Maximum Capacity: 12 people per tour 
Minimum Age: 12 years



Adult: $95
Child (ages 12-17): $47.50
Adult Members: $47.50
Child Members (ages 12-17): $23.75


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"Hard to explain how much I appreciated this tour. The 500-year vision of Zealandia is amazing and I truly hope that they will achieve it. Our guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they do and what they believe! Great tour!" - ZEALANDIA By Night review by Karen, via Viator

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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? You'll be venturing into the bush so dress to the conditions, with sturdy 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! Bring a waterproof jacket and wear sturdy walking shoes. 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. 

"The night tour offered by Zealandia is just magic. Its 10 minutes drive or a bus ride from the CBD and you are in another world. The tour began at twilight so we saw the day birds settling for the night. But as night fell we heard kiwi and morepork calls. We saw Tuatara - ancient reptiles which have been extinct on the mainland for over a hundred years. Glow worms shone through the foliage alongside the path and reflected off the water. A highlight was of course seeing a kiwi in the wild but just being in the forest in the peace and quiet of the night was truly magical." - ZEALANDIA By Night review by Julie, via Trip Advisor



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