Nature and sustainability

Spot a white Kiwi, have a close encounter with a furry friend or go star gazing at one of the darkest and most pristine skies in New Zealand.

Stargazing at Space Place

40 Salamanca Road, Kelburn , Wellington

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Treat you participants to a stargazing experiences where they will learn abou the planets, stars, constellations and New Zealand's contributions to astronomy and space science. Your experience could include inside presentations with astrophotography images, star chart readings or just simply let Space Place wow your guests with the simple beauty of the night sky.

museumswellington.org.nz

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Te Hīkoi o Pūkaha Guided Walk

85379 State Highway 2, Mount Bruce

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Join Rangitāne on a walk through the bush. Learn about wildlife, trees and traditional stories of the Tangata Whenua (people of the land). Listen to ancient stories of the Pūkaha forest. Discover Māori whakapapa (genealogy), spirituality and connection to place. Includes shared kai (food) of kawakawa tea and bread.

pukaha.org.nz

Kayak to Somes Island

Shed 6 , Queens Wharf , Wellington

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Somes (Matiu) Island is a predator-free, scientific and historical site rich with multicultural history. A paddle over will take you to a track around the island offering 360° views of Wellington harbour - with native wildlife, remnants from the world wars, historic quarantine buildings, and a lighthouse, there is plenty to keep you interested.

fergskayaks.co.nz

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Kapiti Island nature tours

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu

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A 20-minute boat ride from Paraparaumu Beach through the Kapiti Marine Sanctuary is Kapiti Island. Enjoy a 30-minute presentation at the DOC centre where the group will learn about the natural history of Kapiti Island, the ecology of the island and stories of the Ngati Toa Rangitira and sustainability. In the approximate 5 hours participants are on the island you will see rare and endangered birds in their natural environment, birds found nowhere else in the world. Delegates can wander through the tracks up to the bird feeding station before climbing to the summit to see a breathtaking 360-degree view of Kapiti and Tasman sea. 

kapitiislandeco.nz

Wellington Zoo close encounter

200 Daniell Street, Newtown, Wellington

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A Close Encounter at Wellington Zoo is more than just meeting an amazing animal close-up. You're joined by a Zoo Keeper who works with the animals you are meeting. They will introduce you to your encounter animals and answer any of your questions about them.  Close Encounter experiences include Cheetahs, Lemurs, Girafes, Meercats, Red Pandas and Capybaras. 

wellingtonzoo.com

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Guided bike tours

Shed 1, Queens Wharf, Wellington

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Jump on a bike and a guide from Switched on Bikes will show you around the picturesque Wellington Waterfront and introduce you to key Wellington figures who have shaped Wellington into the coolest little capital in the world! Easy Riding!

switchedonbikes.co.nz

Zealandia

53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington

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ZEALANDIA is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. The 225 hectare ecosanctuary is a groundbreaking conservation project that has reintroduced over 20 species of native wildlife back into the area, some of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years.

The ultimate way to experience New Zealand's rare and amazing wildlife! Join one of ZEALANDIA's experienced guides on an engaging and informative walk through the picturesque sanctuary to witness the native wildlife that is once again living on the mainland.

visitzealandia.com

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Zealandia Ecosanctuary

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