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by Pete Petterson (subscribe)
I'm a writer blogger who has been resident in the Hutt Valley since the late 1960's. I'm a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I have seen many people come and go over the years, seen many things good and bad. Time to remember whanau
Published December 8th 2017

Only minutes from downtown Wellington Cit is the now world renown Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary in the south - western suburb of Karori. It is nestled among hill suburbs in a place like none other. It is home to some of the rarest and most extraordinary wildlife on the planet. It is also a microcosm of what most of New Zealand was before civilization came to these beautiful green isles.

It is advertised, and rightfully so, as a must see real taste of New Zealand's natural heritage. Your Zealandia experience is a guaranteed exciting exhibition and walk in the everchanging Zealandia Sanctuary valley floor.

By I, Tony Wills, CC BY 2.5,

Inside what is a new state of the art Visitors Centre, you the visitor can immerse yourself in an interactive display where you can feel and play with the history of New Zealand's wildlife and landscape - from the pure untouched paradise to the tragic destruction of man's intervention and destruction and finally the restoration of today.

Then it's off to spend an hour or two exploring Zealandia's sanctuary proof fenceline enclosing 225 hectares of wonderfully regenerating native forest. Here is your best chance as a visitor of seeing iconic species such as the Tuatara which has been a native species for a million years or more, and many other iconic native species,way in the wild of the mainland, yet only minutes from the hustle and bustle of main streets Willis Street and Lambton Quay.

By I, Tony Wills, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Why don't you wind down and relax with a meal or cup of coffee in the popular Rata Cafe. As a bonus, there is an exciting extra which you might consider booking on the daily Zealandia Night Tour.

Zealandia Wildlife and Eco-Sanctuary is a hop step and jump taxi ride from the Wellington CBD at the end of Waiapu Road in Karori. A number of bus routes pass by as well.

Go to the Zealandia site link for opening hours, Night Tour and other relevant information. Ticketing

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Why? Visit Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary
Where: Wellington City
Cost: Family $46, Adult $18.50, Child $10.50
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