Male hihi / stitchbird at ZEALANDIAThis weekend – 16 and 17 October, admission to Zealandia is free!

Admission to Wellington’s world-first wildlife sanctuary, ZEALANDIA, is free for all locals this Saturday and Sunday!

We are now 15 years into an incredible journey to restore a corner of NZ as closely as possible to the way it was before humans arrived. To celebrate, entry will be FREE for locals between 11am-5pm this Saturday and Sunday. There will also be FREE boat rides, FREE ranger talks, FREE tours of the weta cave and FREE kids’ activity packs all day.

The weather for Saturday looks good, though Sunday not so much. But admission normally costs $18.50 for adults, $9 for kids, so this is well worth it if you’ve always wanted to explore Zealandia.

It sounds like you might be required to prove that you’re a resident of the Greater Wellington region, but they don’t say how you’d do that. Maybe take your library card along.

They’re operating an honesty policy as far as proving you’re a local. I figure if you’re wearing a cardigan or a skirt over trousers, you’ll pass for a Wellingtonian.

As far as getting there goes, while it is possible to drive there, parking will be in high demand, so it’s better to take the #3 bus, which goes all the way from Lyall Bay to Karori via the city. Get off at the stop just after the Karori Tunnel.