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ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, Terawhiti and Tongue Point Fur Seal Colony Tour, Wellington

Hotel Pick up included

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    8 hours

  • Start time

    9:30am

  • Meeting Point

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  • Ending Point

    You will be dropped back to your hotel in Wellington

Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided tour of world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, ZEALANDIA
  • Explore the groundbreaking conservation project responsible for bringing back 17 species of native wildlife
  • Stay alert to spot a ton of rare birds like the North Island Robins, Kakariki, and more
  • Keep a lookout and you can spot some of Wellington’s most intriguing creatures like the Tuatara and Weta
  • Dig into a delicious lunch at Rata Café overlooking the sanctuary
  • Drive along an active fault line and feast your eyes on a spectacular rocky coastline
  • Savour into stunning views of the coastline with a chance to see the point where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean
  • Make a stop at Terawhiti, home to the country’s oldest working sheep station and the most modern wind farm
  • Meet an adorable colony of wild fur seals and learn about their history of being hunted for their fur

Overview

 Embrace the wilder side of Wellington with this full day tour that takes you to ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary and the Tongue Point Fur Seal Colony Farm. 

Our day begins with us driving past some of Wellington’s most famous sights and out of the city to the world’s first fully-fenced urban eco-sanctuary, ZEALANDIA. With a 2-hour guided tour around the sanctuary, you can explore this ground-breaking conservation project which has reintroduced 17 species of native wildlife back into the area, 6 of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years. Stay a little alert and you can easily spot some of the lovely native birds of the country, including the Tui, Kereru, Kaka, Kakariki, Takahe, Bellbirds, North Island Robins, and more, as well as some elusive wildlife like the Tuatara and Weta. Having relished the charms of witnessing Mother Nature’s vast reserve of magical creatures, we will settle down for a lovely lunch at the Rata Café, overlooking the sanctuary managed by the Karori Sanctuary Trust, and sink into the harmony of Nature as you hear the intriguing calls of a myriad of wildlife.

Post lunch we embark on another exhilarating journey, making our way to the charming Terawhiti Station, then oldest working beef and sheep farm in New Zealand and also housing the country’s most modern wind farm. Driving through the farm, you will not only be able to savour some stunning panoramas but also be regaled with the farm’s fascinating history of farming, gold and quartz mining as well as generation of electricity.

Our route follows a live active fault line, over rocky beachfront and around headlands, and the views are to die for. In fact, if the weather is clear enough, you can witness three fabulous displays of Mama Nature - the point where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean the tumultuous waters of Cook Strait separating the North and South Islands, and the distant mountain ranges of the South Island. Finally, we’ll arrive at the mesmerising colony of New Zealand’s wild Fur Seals, protected at a working farm. You can watch them play around, getting in and out of the water, taking care of their pups and so much more, all while learning all about their species and the history of being hunted for their fur. Although the seal colony resides in the region through the year, their numbers peak between May and August so you might want to plan your travels accordingly - because, trust us when we say this is possibly the most adorable scene you would have witnessed!

About The Supplier: Wellington Nature Tours’ range covers both the flora and fauna of the area; some of which are unique to the country. Handpicking New Zealand’s best scenery, they are dedicated to giving visitors a wonderful, memorable experience - no matter how long the stay is.

Inclusions

  • Live Guide (Accompanied by the best!)
  • Hotel Transport (Your ride’s on us!)
  • Morning/Afternoon Tea (Your cuppa is on us!)
  • 4 wheel-drive (The drive to thrill!)
  • New Zealand Fur Seal Colony Farm entry & Eco Trek (We got it all covered!)

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (If you’re feeling generous, though, go right ahead!)

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