Lonely Planet review
This groundbreaking ecosanctuary is tucked in the hills about 2km west of town (bus 3 passes nearby, or see the Zealandia website for the free shuttle). Living wild within the fenced valley are more than 30 native bird species, including rare takahe, saddleback, hihi and kaka, as well as NZ’s most accessible wild population of tuatara and little spotted kiwi. An excellent exhibition relays NZ’s natural history and world-renowned conservation story. More than 30km of tracks can be explored and there's a daily tour (11.15am). The night tour provides an opportunity to spot nocturnal creatures including kiwi, frogs and glowworms (adult/child $76.50/36). Cafe and shop on-site.