Visiting hours and prices

ZEALANDIA is open every day except Christmas Day! Last entry is at 4pm.

ZEALANDIA General Admission

9am - 5pm


Rātā Cafe (Weekdays)

9am - 4:30pm


Rātā Cafe (Weekends)

9am - 5pm


Due to functions Rātā may sometimes close early. We recommend calling ahead of time.



General Admission


General day admission into the exhibition and sanctuary. Self-guided (view our map) and valid for two days from your first visit.




Children (ages 5 - 17):



Under 5's:



Family (Up to 2 adults & 3 children):










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An engaging two hour tour with an experienced guide to point out the best of our rare native wildlife.
Includes General Admission.




Children (ages 5 - 17):



Under 5's:



Family (Up to 2 adults & 3 children):



ZEALANDIA Members (Adult):



ZEALANDIA Members (Child):




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An after-hours guided tour by torchlight in search of New Zealand's nocturnal wildlife.
Includes General Admission.




Children (ages 12 - 17):



ZEALANDIA Members (Adult):



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*Concession prices are for NZ Students & Seniors only. A valid New Zealand Student ID or SuperGold Card is required.
ZEALANDIA By Night Tours are for those aged 12 years and over, subject to availability, booking essential.

"As I hike further into this wilderness 10 minutes from the city, the only sounds are birdsong and the wind stirring the tops of pine trees lining the
ridge. It’s a wonderful place to decompress – the perfect break from the perfect city break." - Nikki Marshall, The Guardian




Make the most of your visit to ZEALANDIA with a guided tour! Enjoy all the sights and sounds of ZEALANDIA with an experienced guide who will lead you through the sanctuary valley. Soak up the beautiful scenery while learning more about New Zealand’s unique ecological history.

Guided tours provide visitors with insights into the native bird, reptile and plant species that are thriving within the predator proof sanctuary. Tours can be enjoyed during the day, twilight and at night, and each provides a very distinct and unforgettable experience.


Duration: 2 hours
Departing: 10am, 11am, 1pm
Tours Available: Daily, year-round
Maximum Capacity: 10 people per tour
Minimum Age: N/A
Duration: 2.5 hours
Departing: Around dusk
Tours Available: Nightly, year-round
Maximum Capacity: 12 people per tour
Minimum Age: 12 years
Duration: 2 hours
Departing: Before dusk
Tours Available: October - March
Maximum Capacity: 12 people per tour
Minimum Age:  5 years
Duration: 1.5 hours
Departing: After dusk
Tours Available: April -  September
Maximum Capacity: 12 people per tour
Minimum Age:  5 years


Ideal for groups and those wanting an exclusive and private tour. Enjoy all the sights and sounds of ZEALANDIA with an expert guide, who will lead you through the picturesque sanctuary to witness the native wildlife that is once again living on mainland New Zealand. Soak up the beautiful scenery while learning more about our unique ecological history.


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Getting Here

ZEALANDIA is just a stone's throw from the Wellington CBD, so getting here is easy!

Our address is:
53 Waiapu Road
New Zealand 6012

We have limited free parking available at the ZEALANDIA Visitor Centre. Additional free parking is available 500m away in the Birdwood Road carpark.


Free Shuttle


Our electric shuttles pick up & drop off ZEALANDIA visitors FREE from outside the city i-SITE and top of the Cable Car.

Shuttle Timetable & Information

Public Bus


Many of Wellington's public buses will stop at the end of Waiapu Road. This is about a two minute walk from the sanctuary.

For the latest bus timetables and updates, go to

Cable Car


You can take the Wellington Cable car from Lambton Quay to the top of the Botanic Gardens. From there it's just a 20-30 minute walk to ZEALANDIA, or hop on our free shuttle.

To see the latest timetables and updates, go to

Electric Vehicles


ZEALANDIA has three Electric Vehicle charging stations (one Type 1 CCS stations and two Type 2 CCS stations) available for public use. These will charge the average EV around twice as quickly as a regular household charger.

We also have an eBike charging station which visitors are welcome to use. eBikes make riding to the sanctuary easy and fun as you get a little help up some of Wellington’s famous hills! Don't have an eBike? You can hire one from Switched On Bikes and get the cost of your sanctuary admission refunded when you return it!*

*Applicable on hirage for full day or longer only. Customers will need to present ZEALANDIA receipt to be eligible for refund. Refund applies for ZEALANDIA day admission only.

 Education & Youth

At ZEALANDIA, students and teachers can walk through a regenerating forest thriving with rare and endangered wildlife. Our sanctuary is a living classroom that provides outstanding education opportunities for all ages. The interactive exhibition will take students on a journey of restoration. Our ongoing conservation effort has created the perfect environment for young minds to thrive alongside the rare and endangered wildlife that call our sanctuary home.

Education & Outreach Sessions

Join our specially-trained educators on an exciting expedition around this unique eco-sanctuary, stay the night and experience native wildlife by dusk, or even have rangers visit your school!


Our resources are framed within an inquiry-based education model and are designed to stimulate student interest and equip students with knowledge that will support their visit to ZEALANDIA.

Activities & Events

There's always something new at ZEALANDIA! Check out our public programme, join our regular storytime and other events for little ones, and see what else our Rangers have coming up.


ZEALANDIA works hard to ensure everyone has an opportunity to experience the unique native flora and fauna of New Zealand. Although it is an outdoor environment, a large area of the sanctuary is accessible for wheelchair users, deaf or blind visitors, and visitors with other impairments. View wheelchair-friendly tracks on our visitor map.


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