Air New Zealand Activities

Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley

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  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration: Flexible (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5306GEN
Take a trip through time and see the evolution of New Zealand’s wildlife brought to life at Zealandia, one of New Zealand's premier eco-attractions located just minutes from central Wellington. At Zealandia: The Exhibition, you’ll see New Zealand’s incredible natural history and world-renowned conservation movement showcased in a state-of-the-art indoor exhibition. Then step outside, through the predator-proof fence and into the Sanctuary Valley, a beautiful 225-hectare (550-acre) eco-sanctuary that offers you the best opportunity to see some of New Zealand’s rarest birds, reptiles and insects in the wild. Your ticket includes entry to both The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley.


  • Family friendly
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
As you enter The Exhibition at Zealandia, you’ll be transported back 1,000 years to the time before humans arrived on New Zealand. Stand face-to-face with the long-lost giants of the bird world – the 10-foot-high (3-meter-high) moa and the man-eating Haast’s eagle. On the big screens, witness centuries of catastrophic loss as generations of new settlers, and the animals and plants they bought with them, changed the face of New Zealand forever. Then find out what is being done to put the pieces of this fractured paradise back together.

As you step outside into Sanctuary Valley, the world’s first fully fenced, urban eco-sanctuary, look and listen for more than30 species of native birds and reptiles, including tuatara, saddleback, hihi, takahe and many more. Zealandia’s 500-year vision is to restore the Sanctuary Valley as close as possible to its pre-human state.

To gain greater insight, you can join the Zealandia rangers for free talks at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm or 3pm daily.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
ZEALANDIA Visitors Centre
Departure Time:
Opens: 9:00am daily
Closes: 5:00pm daily
Return Details:
Concludes at ZEALANDIA Visitors Centre

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Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley


  • Entry to the Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
  • Visitor guide and map
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Last entry is at 4.00pm
  • Cafe and gift store available
Complimentary Shuttle Bus Time Table

To Zealandia from Wellington
  • i-Site: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Te Papa: 9:35am, 10:35am, 11:35am, 12:35pm, 1:35pm, 2:35pm
  • YHA: 9:40am, 10:40am, 11:40am, 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm
  • Rydges: 9:50am, 10:50am, 11:50am, 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 2:50pm
  • Novotel: 9:55am, 10:55am, 11:55am, 12:55pm, 1:55pm, 2:55pm
  • Top Cable Car: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

From ZEALANDIA returning to i-Site
  • ZEALANDIA: 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
Please note all times are approximate
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Carol P, December 2014

Wonderful day out for the two of us, but would suit all ages. We would have liked more time to walk the longer trails too. We arrived via the free shuttle from Wellington's I-Centre and arrived in time to join a free guided walk with one of the volunteers. This should not be missed as there is so much information given about preparing the Zealandia site and the ethos behind it. The place was beautiful and it was a joy to see all those birds - some thought extinct and some just not seen in the area for decades. We booked Zealandia on-line and did it while in port on a cruise ship, and it really is easy to get to and from. At the end of the day we were dropped at the top of the funicular but chose to walk straight down via the streets, having been through the beautiful Botanic Gardens numerous times before. I would highly recommend Zealandia to any visitors.

Reviewed by: Don I, February 2014

Truly a highlight. I'd recommend this one to everyone.

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Tour code: 5306GEN