Zealandia at Dawn

Experience the awakening of the sanctuary at dawn during this special guided experience. Hear the first sounds of tīeke and hihi as they herald the start of a brand-new day.
Your tour begins in darkness right before sunrise, while the sanctuary’s nocturnal residents are 'turning in for the day'.
As the sanctuary awakens watch the light change, feel reconnected to nature again, and listen out for the beautiful dawn chorus.
Your tour group will  pause in the forest for a hot cup of kawakawa tea and to take a moment to awaken the senses with the sounds of the dawn. 
*Kiwi sightings may occur occasionally on these tours, however your best opportunity to see kiwi whilst they are most active is on a Zealandia By Night tour.

What You Might See:

Hihi | Tieke | Kākā | Tuatara | Little Spotted Kiwi | Glowworms


All proceeds raised through the sale of Zealandia tour tickets contributes to the ongoing work of our sanctuary to restore nature. Your visit is an important part of the sanctuary’s success.


Duration: 2.5 hours
Departing: Between 5.45am-6.15am based on sunrise time. Tour start time will be confirmed upon booking.
Tours available: May - August, Weekends
Maximum Capacity: 12 people per tour
Minimum Age:  12 years
Private tours available on request - Contact Us



Adult: $95
Child (ages 12-17): $47.50
Adult Members: $45.50
Child Members (ages 12-17): $23.75


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"This place is incredible. The scenery alone makes Zealandia well worth a visit, add the possibility of seeing some beautiful and rare wildlife makes it a place you’d be crazy to miss." - ZEALANDIA review by Lodge89, via Trip Advisor


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When should I arrive? All tours visitors must arrive at the ZEALANDIA Visitor Centre 15 minutes before the tour start time. 
What should I wear? Dress to the conditions, with comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing and a waterproof layer just in case!
What if the weather is bad on the day of my tour? We go out in just about all conditions, so be prepared! In very extreme circumstances we may call off a tour for safety reasons. If this happens to your tour we will let visitors know as soon as possible and do our best to arrange a tour at a later date.

Is breakfast and/or coffee included in the ticket price? This season, due to staffing restrictions in the hospitality sector, breakfast and coffee is no longer included in the ticket price for Zealandia at Dawn tours. The ticket price has been changed to reflect this. Breakfast and hot drinks are still available for purchase at Rātā Cafe from 9.00am
Can I book my own private tour?  Absolutely! Just email us and we can arrange for you.
What if I have any mobility or accessibility requirements? We are pretty flexible in catering for any special requirements but we do need to know about them beforehand, so please contact tours@visitzealandia.com to see how we can accomodate you. We also have more general accessibility information here.
How do I get to ZEALANDIA? ZEALANDIA is just a 10 minute drive from the CBD, and also on multiple bus lines. See more here.

What payment methods are accepted? Online payment accept only Mastercard or Visa
What if the booking widget isn't working for me? Head to our booking page here or contact tours@visitzealandia.com to book.


Terms and Conditions & cancellation policy can be found here. 

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