Local Connections: Zealandia Eco Reserve & Otari Wilton Bush

4 hours | Wellington | WLG-220
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Points of Interest

  • Zealandia: Karori Wildlife Sanctuary
Includes snack, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:

Zealandia: Karori Wildlife Sanctuary
Just minutes from downtown Wellington yet worlds away from everyday life, Zealandia, a 550-acre interactive eco-sanctuary, is nestled within a lush valley and protected by a five-mile predator-proof fence. Created with the mission to restore Wellington's forest and freshwater ecosystems to their pristine state, it is centered on a sparkling reservoir, home to some of New Zealand's rarest and most exotic wildlife. Locals often refer to Zealandia as their own "Jurassic Park" because it's the only place in mainland New Zealand where you can see the famous "living fossil," the tuatara. View some of New Zealand's rarest species, such as the saddleback and hihi birds back from the brink of extinction; the giant weta, one of the biggest insects in the world; and the country's national mascot, the little spotted kiwi, as you follow in the footsteps of New Zealand's natural history.

Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve
Stroll through the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. Classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, this unusual plant sanctuary and forest reserve is home to over 250 acres of native forest and vegetation. Here you will find Wellington's oldest trees, including a rimu over 800 years old. The star attraction is the 246-foot canopy walkway, rising over 59 feet above the forest floor, linking two garden areas.

What you will see along the way:
A scenic drive takes you through the heart of Wellington, an opportunity to gaze out the window on a host of the city's downtown sites, such as the impressive 112-year-old Wellington Town Hall, the innovative City Gallery, and famed Cuba Street, noted for its eclectic mix of establishments and a Registered Historic Area

Special Notes:

Due to the nature of the park wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Bring a hat, light jacket and adequate sun protection.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a guided tour and tea at Zealandia Sanctuary

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
02:00
Walking distance:
1500
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Travel to Otari Wiltons Bush for guided walk

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:10
Walking distance:
2000
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:20