Meet Wellington's incredible wildlife

You can get up-close-and-personal with all sorts of creatures in the capital, from native birds and reptiles to farm animals and exotic animals

Pariwhero/Red Rocks

Red Rocks Pariwhero, Owhiro Bay, Wellington

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Feel the wind in your hair and hear the roar of the sea with a walk to Pariwhero/Red Rocks on Wellington’s ruggedly beautiful South Coast. These incredible rocks were formed 200 million years ago by undersea volcanic eruptions and are linked to legendary Polynesian explorer Kupe. From May to October, a New Zealand fur seal colony moves in and calls Red Rocks home as they do a little sunbathing on the rocks. Take care to give the seals plenty of space and observe their activities from a safe distance.

Red Rocks Pariwhero

Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Café

2362 Akatarawa Road, Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt

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Located in the scenic Akatarawa Valley in Upper Hutt, Staglands Wildlife Reserve is home to an amazing array of native birds and fish, as well as heaps of cute and cuddly farm animals. The reserve features a variety of streams, ponds, hills and gullies, which have been created and developed over the past 40 years that visitors are welcome to explore. Visitors of all-ages can feed and freely interact with wildlife including rabbits, guinea pigs, deer, goats and horses in a safe and fun environment.

Staglands animals and building
Staglands small children with animal pig
Staglands small child with animals deer
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre manukura

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre

85379 SH 2, Mount Bruce

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Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is an unfenced forest sanctuary where you can meet some of New Zealand's most endangered wildlife and is about a two-hour drive from Wellington. The sanctuary's forest is home to a range of native birds, reptiles, insects and aquatic animals and in special aviaries the centre breeds endangered birds for release across Aotearoa New Zealand. During your visit you may come across wild birds in the forest such as the titipounamu (rifleman), kārearea (New Zealand falcon) and the kererū (wood pigeon).

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