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Explore the eco-sanctuary at night with an experienced guide by torchlight. Zealandia is one of the best places in New Zealand to see the kiwi bird in the wild. Private return taxis can be arranged if selected when booking (Wellington CBD hotels only).
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Private taxis can be arranged for pick-up and drop off from Wellington central business district hotels only. Taxi pick-up time will be earlier than tour start time and must be confirmed with the local operator after booking.
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  • Explore Zealandia at night by torchlight with an experienced guide
  • Look for kiwi foraging in the night and see rare native New Zealand animals in their natural habitat
  • See the highlights of Zealandia's interactive exhibition
Full description
Experience Zealandia by night on a guided tour by torchlight. The fully-fenced, urban eco-sanctuary is located 10-minutes from Wellington central business district.  

Your guide will lead you in search of the distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. Experience many of the rare and endangered species. See those that only come out at night. Observe unique species such as wētā, glow worms, tuatara, and takahē. 

Sightings of kiwi are common on these tours (around 80% of the time), though are not guaranteed. Gain insights into New Zealand’s natural history. Learn about the significance of unique species within Māori culture. Your tour will end with a replenishing cup of hot kawakawa (bushman’s tea) in the Visitors Centre.
  • Exhibit entrance fee
  • Guided night tour
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation (unless option selected)

When you get there

Meeting point

53 Waiapu Rd, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand.

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Know before you go
• Minimum age is 12 years and there is a maximum of 12 people per tour
• Tours go ahead rain or shine, so please dress according to the weather conditions. Wear sturdy footwear, plenty of layers and a waterproof jacket. Activity is available seasonally in the summer months and start times vary
• Torches are provided with a red filter so they won’t disturb wildlife or affect your night vision
• Private return taxis can be arranged (from Wellington CBD hotels only) for a minimum of 2 people, please select this option when booking
• If you have any mobility or accessibility requirements, please advise the local operator when booking and inform your guide if you have any medical conditions that you would like them to be aware of (e.g. asthma)
• A moderate amount of walking is involved and due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair