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Zealandia

A fascinating eco-attraction that takes you back in history to explore prehistoric New Zealand.

Once known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, Zealandia, a huge walled wildlife sanctuary has a 500-year vision to recreate this area as it was before the arrival of human settlers. Spreading across a vast 225 hectares, this space is home to some of the rarest insects, birds and reptiles to be found in New Zealand, including the prehistoric tuatara, the kiwi, and the saddleback bird.

Located in a valley within the outer reaches of Wellington, Zealandia is contained within a fence specifically designed to keep away unwanted pests and dangerous predators. Start off at the Visitor Centre, which has multimedia exhibits and interactive displays which will teach you all about the country's natural history.

The sanctuary also boasts 32 kilometres of trails, perfect for taking a self-guided walk or for joining a guided tour to see the site’s main attractions. There are easy walks over wheelchair and buggy-friendly terrain and more challenging treks into the hills, so there’s something for everyone. Most animals here roam free, though some are kept in protective enclosures.

To see how the animals behave at night, there’s a nocturnal tour through the bush and wetlands. Pick up a torch and head out through the valley where you may see kiwi birds and many other animals that prefer to wander around at night. Keep an ear open for the sounds of animals foraging and birds calling.

Nocturnal tours have to be booked in advance and there’s an extra charge. More information on the guided tours and suggested walking itineraries is available on the attraction's website.

Located about two kilometres from the city centre, Zealandia is served by bus routes as well as by a free shuttle bus. Visit Zealandia's website for details. If you’re coming by car, free parking is available. Zealandia is open daily but closed on Christmas Day.


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James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

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    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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    89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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      75 Featherston St, Wellington
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

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        133 The Terrace, Wellington
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          QT Wellington

          90 Cable Street, Wellington
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            ibis Wellington AU$98
            ibis Wellington

            ibis Wellington

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              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Travelodge Hotel Wellington AU$103
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              2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is steps away from Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station). TSB Bank Arena and Wellington Waterfront are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 14 minutes by foot.

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                InterContinental Wellington

                2 Grey Street, Wellington
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.