Zealandia - Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

Waiapu Road (at the Karori end of the Karori tunnel), Wellington.
Karori, Wellington
New Zealand's most ambitious conservation project. The sanctuary is a "mainland island" surrounded by a predator proof fence. Open daily. Entrance Fee.

The Karori Reservoir Tower and Store date from the 1870s and are listed on the Wellington City Council's Heritage Inventory.

This is a great place to take a picnic, enjoy walking in NZ bush and listening to the bird calls. Some of NZ endangered birds and animals are getting another chance here. It has wetas which are insects native to NZ. There are some living in a cave and others in man -made "hotels" hanging on trees.

Among the endangered birds finding a home in the Sanctuary are two superannuated Takaehe, too old to breed.

A recent addition is an audio-visual exhibition showcasing New Zealand’s unique natural history. It portrays a journey though New Zealand ecological history; from the day before humans arrived; through centuries of catastrophic loss; and finally, to the present day, when New Zealanders begin to put our shattered paradise back together.

The new display visitor centre was designed by Michael Gould & Alistair Luke from Jasmax

Zealandia can be easily reached by regular bus service, by free shuttle from the i-site Visitor Centre and elsewhere in the CBD, or by walking from the top of the cable car which will take 25 - 30 minutes.
See the "getting to Zealandia" link to explore the options.

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  • The Fence
    The Fence
  • A Victorian Relic.
    A Victorian Relic.
  • Tuatora
  • Zealandia Visitor Centre.
    Zealandia Visitor Centre.
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