Zealandia from the air
Image: Rob Suisted | ©


Visit the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary - discover the 18 species of native wildlife that have been reintroduced into the area, 6 of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years!
  • Explore over 32 km of walking tracks, from wheelchair and buggy friendly to rugged hiking trails.
  • Stop and look for the wildlife as you go, from tuatara to takahē to tīeke.
  • Don’t forget to see who’s checked in to the wētā hotels!

Get ready

Download the ZEALANDIA Te Māra a Tāne adventure map (PDF, 1,401K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: ZEALANDIA is a stone's throw from the Wellington CBD on Waiapu Road, Karori. Catch a free shuttle from the city isite or the top of the cable car, or catch a public bus.

Entry fees apply.

Claim your reward

Tell us the ZEALANDIA Te Māra a Tāne code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

About ZEALANDIA Te Māra a Tāne

ZEALANDIA is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. Find out more about ZEALANDIA


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