Never seen some of the native birdlife before coming to Zealandia. Two takahe up close, and lots of kakas. You could spend a whole day on the tracks in the park because there are so many. Free shuttle from the top of the cable car too. Definitely worth seeing.
Zealandia is a great sanctuary. It has more to do than expected - walking tracks in various levels of difficulty, different animals to see abd more - and as such has to be revisited. It has an impressive indoor interactive display and a host of wonderful volunteers to help you find your way around. It's a bit pricy to get in but definitely can be made worth it.
A slice of native NZ heaven nestled on the edge of Wellington. Having explored surrounding reserves like Otari Wilton's, Tunnel Gulley and Bellmont I've yet to discover the same richness of wildlife as found at Zealandia.
Sure they are free but within our first visit (we're members now) I ticked off N. Island Robin, Saddleback, Kakariki, Bellbird, Kaka - plus usuals like Tui, Fantail and Kereru. All flying free within the valley unconfined.
Add to this the indoor exhibition for rainy days, cozy cafe with good homecooked food, serene boat rides past nesting Pied Shags, hidden gems like Tuatara (we've seen outside the breeding enclosure too), Takahe, glow worms in the mine, roaming kiwis deep in the reserve and rare Kiwi Orchids and you've got a rich tapestry of some of the best of NZ.
For less than $20 this is good value - and a must for both locals and visitors alike (I'm kind of both as an ex-pat brit new to NZ). A must see!
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