Just minutes from downtown Wellington, 623 acres of regenerating forest and wetland have been turned into a unique safe haven for some of New Zealand's most-endangered native animals. A specially designed fence keeps out introduced mammals, creating a cage-free sanctuary for species that had disappeared from the mainland. Tuatara, New Zealand's unique "living fossil," are breeding, as are takahe, saddleback and hihi, which have all been brought back from the brink of extinction.
At night, you may see the little spotted kiwi. Pick up a map and explore at your leisure, or take a guided tour. The night tour is particularly popular.