Zealandia wildlife sanctuary

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary


  1. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor

    Wow – I never knew this place existed. Looks like a wonderful place to explore and see all the different NZ birds. Did you ever get to Tiritiri Matagani? It’s a bird sanctuary island near Auckland that you can take the ferry to. Another great place to wander around and do some bird watching.

    1. Hugo Cura

      Hey Ellen,

      It’s a lovely place to see plenty of NZ birds. It was really calm as well, which is ideal for bird watching.

      We didn’t go Tiritiri Matangi. Our visit to Auckland was a very short one, just the starting point of our month-long trip to Zealand. One more thing to visit if we make there again!

      New Zealand has so many of these amazing places for wildlife conservation and restoration. Hope they continue to do it for a long time.

  2. carcudi

    Amazing photo, guys. Birds I never knew existed. And a tuatara! From the age of the dinosaurs! What a life you are living! Keep up the great work (but who can really call this work?)!

    1. Hugo Cura


      Glad you enjoyed our article. The birds in New Zealand are amazing, aren’t they? The Tuatara is also a very special species.

      Thank you so much for your kind words. We try our best!

  3. Sarah

    What a fantastic idea – it sounds like something which should be taken up elsewhere, doesn’t it? And what a great place to visit. I would love to take one of those guided night-tours. So much beauty to see.

    1. Breathe With Us

      Agreed. It’s a great concept. It is slowly being used in other places in New Zealand, but slowly. Hopefully it will help other conservation places around the world.

      The night tour is on our to-do list if we make it to Wellington again.

  4. jen

    Now you’ve given me yet another reason why I need to get myself to New Zealand. What a wonderful spot to spend the day. And your pictures of the wildlife are wonderful!

    1. Breathe With Us

      Good question.

      The map shows the feeding areas of some species and there are a few pictures as well, plus staff that can point out which bird is which.

      For some of these birds, we had to double-check to get the correct name. Hopefully we got them right!

  5. Karilyn

    Looks like a great animal sanctuary to visit. I love all the birds. I didn’t realize there were California Quail there! Going on my never ending list of things to do in NZ. I will need several months there I think!

  6. Megan Claire (@mappingmegan)

    Thanks for this post! We’ve just arrived in Australia so are really looking forward to the chance to travel to NZ. We’re huge fans of traveling for wildlife, and recently I’ve become a pretty avid birder!! Though we didn’t think there would be much opportunity for wildlife viewing in NZ since it’s mainly about the landscapes. Will have to schedule in a visit here – can’t go home without having seen a kiwi!!

    1. Breathe With Us

      You’re welcome, Megan!

      It’s a great place for wildlife and birdwatching. There are plenty of opportunities for it in New Zealand as well amazing landscapes.

      There are a few places where you can see Kiwis in a closed environment. That was the way we saw them (in a dark room). Amazing bird 🙂


  7. Anoka Sieber Vidal

    Hello, my name is Anoka and I’m from Chile. I just wanted to say that your blog was really helpful. I love wildlife sanctuaries, because it’s very peaceful and I love the silence. There are many wildlife sanctuaries in my country, but they are pretty much the same to me, because I’ve seen so many of them. It would be very nice to visit one in a different country to see the all the animals and plants from New Zealand that we do not have here in Chile. What interests me the most are the birds, I love birds because they are so energetic. Thank you very much for your blog, it was very informative.

      1. Gabriel Vidal Sieber

        Dear Anoka. My words are not for this beautiful blog. It is for your surname, because there is a beautiful coincidence between you and my family in Spain. We are in opposite places in the world and you are Sieber Vidal and my brothers and me are Vidal Sieber. And believe me, Sieber is not an usual surname. You can find me in https://about.me/gabrielvidalsieber in case you want to check. Well that is all. Nice to meet you.

        1. Gabriel Vidal Sieber

          Dear Hugo and Cristina.I am not sure if Anoka will be able to read my message so please let send it to her. The world is small. Isn’t it?. You from Portugal and France, me from Spain, Anoka in Chile and your post talking of New Zeland. Amazing.

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