ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary ExperienceZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience covers 225 hectares protected by a 8.6 km long predator-proof fence, that keeps out non-native mammals such as possums. Mostly covered by regenerating lowland forest and wetlands, Karori also has a beutiful lake. There are 34 kms of walking tracks, but a guided tour is recommended for first time visitors.
When Karori Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1995, it was a major conservation breakthrough. A unique mammal-proof fence provided the first viable option in over 100 years to reintroduce some of our most threatened species back to a wild state on the mainland. It has a 500-year vision to restore its 225ha site as closely as possible to its pre-human state.
Karori Sanctuary news
First mammal proof fence
Karori Wildlife Sanctuary was famous as the site of a major breakthrough in conservation technology: the first large-scale mammal-proofed area on the mainland.
The unique combination of its international reputation for cutting edge conservation science, and its extraordinary positioning just 2km from central Wellington, have made the Sanctuary a natural mecca for anyone interested in New Zealand's flora and fauna. Tourism is playing an increasingly important role in the Sanctuary's identity, and its ability to become financially self-sufficient.
Highlights: Many rare native species thrive here, including tuatara, little spotted kiwi, saddleback, hihi and giant weta.
Location: 2 kms from downtown Wellington on Waiapu Road, just South West of the Botanical Gardens.
Access & facilities: Karori 10 - 5 every days except Christmas. Nightime guided tours are also available. A new visitor centre is due to open in 2009/10, and in the meantime there is a shop and toilets. Some of the tracks are suitable for wheelchairs, though it is recommended that wheelchair users have a friend along.
Click here to go to the ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience website
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