Fodor's Expert Review Zealandia: The Ultimate Eco-Sanctuary Experience
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 creates a cage-free sanctuary for species that had disappeared from the mainland. Tuatara, New Zealand's unique "living fossil," are breeding, as are takahe and saddleback, which have both been brought back from the brink of extinction. Pick up a map and explore at your leisure, or take a free 45-minute guided walk. The flashlight-led night-time tour is also very popular; departing about 30 minutes before sunset, it provides a glimpse into the nocturnal world—you might even spy a little spotted kiwi (NZ$75; 2½ hours; no children under 12).