Wildlife Reserve sights in Wellington
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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…
The drive from Upper Hutt to Waikanae (on the Kapiti Coast) along the windy, scenic Akatarawa Rd passes the 10-hectare Staglands Wildlife Reserve, which helps to conserve native NZ birds and animals, such as the blue duck (whio). It’s 16km from SH2, 20km from SH1.