Nature & Wildlife Areas in Wellington

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Nature & Wildlife Areas in Wellington

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  • Anonymous855
    Trabuco Canyon, California1,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thank you for the shuttle to enable visitors and locals to come up here. The habitat had walks for all types of fitness or families. Very busy cafe with nice, but disorganized young people trying to manage it the day we were there. We did the self guided daytime and saw several birds. The movie was started by a guide who was taking a walking tour through or we couldn't have seen it. The short films on exhibit were very helpful. Enjoy!
    Written 27 April 2024
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  • onitada
    Wellington, New Zealand229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gone are the days of dropping half a tab of acid and jumping the Zebra enclosure at 2am in the morning, for a visit, you would be better buying a ticket and having a laugh with the front counter staff, and they give you a map. The Otters snuggled together in the afternoon summed up my experience, as did the Chimpanzees and the Sun Bear, who was too lazy to swat a fly of its back. Everything was laid back. Well, it was not a public holiday, or school holiday for that matter. The staff were friendly, and the other customers were chatty. There were of course the grumpy grannies looking for faults in the Zoo, that were lurking around, that were easily brushed aside. I enjoyed the Black and White Ruffed Lemar's, who feasted on fruits and nuts. The Snow Leopard was invisible, and the Lion just had an operation, so was recovering. I thought the little blue penguins were a myth, to slow down drivers, but they are real! I was surprised to find myself watching a group of Kangaroos relaxing in front of me, without a fence, or barrier. The Giraffe was hungry and was pacing around. There is so much to do. I would like to return and book an up close and personal experience with a Capybara.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • Jean1963
    Plainfield, IL18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to visit and take a walk among native NZ plants. There is a boardwalk where you look down on the forest fern trees!
    Written 29 April 2023
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  • GCKJA
    Nebraska621 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful preserve. The birds were so loud, I thought it was artifical noise. It was so green and peaceful.
    Don't like bugs, don't go in the cave. Trust me on this one.
    Written 26 March 2024
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  • JanLoads
    Wellington, New Zealand33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We walked through to the Butterfly creek picnic area via the Muratai track, and then back down to Eastbourne via the Kowhai street track. All in all this took us about 2 and 1/2 hours solid walking. It is very up and down and by the end of it my knees were protesting....younger walkers however, didn't seem troubled so it might just be an age thing!
    There are some stunning views of the harbour as you get near the top and the bush tracks were well maintained. The Muratai track wasn't gravelled, but that wasn't any bother at all, in fact I preferred it as the gravel can be a bit slippery. All in all, it was a lovely walk and definitely worth doing.
    Like another reviewer, I was surprised at the lack of birdlife though. A couple of tuis and one fantail. Given how beautiful the bush was, I did expect more. Take water and food - it would be good to plan a decent stop at the picnic area before heading back!
    Written 20 January 2019
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  • Vinay H
    Wellington, New Zealand124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Club this when visiting the Makara beach. The drive to this area through from Johnsonville is very beautiful, and needs precaution since there are may narrow sections and blind bends, we did witness an accident on our way back unfortunately. The road is otherwise very scenic and tranquil. Access a windmill on a walking path with amazing views.
    Written 6 January 2020
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  • CarolDM1900
    Montpelier, VT3,358 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even in winter, this is a fine place to walk, run, bike, or take a slow, scenic drive. But DO IT NOW, before a $500 million development proposed for this tranquil, quirky place turns it into a second Oriental Bay. It will not be the same with several hotels, 350 units in high-rise apartment buildings, lots of shops, offices, and a ferry station.

    I find Shelly Bay charming just the way it is, with its secluded rocky coves, attracting sea birds and fishermen; its sweeping views across the harbor to Mt. Victoria/Wellington City and to Mt. Kaukau/Kandallah; and its simple clapboard buildings that blend in with, rather than dominate, Miramar's charming coastal environment.

    It's true you won't find a sandy beach here. If that's what you're after, just continue north around Point Halswell and you'll soon be at Scorching Bay, with its lovely crescent beach. But the views here at Shelly Bay are striking. There are private nooks along the rocky shore where you can quietly take in nature, read a book, or just contemplate life. There's good food with both indoor and outdoor seating at the Chocolate Fish, interesting art work at the Blackmore & Best Gallery and Studio, and nearby track access to the Massey Memorial and up to Maupuia Park, both with soaring views over the harbor.

    It's also true, that a few of the buildings here could use some tender loving care when it comes to maintenance, and maybe some updating. But they do have a history, first as part of a NZ naval, then a NZ air force, base. And they are built on a human scale. This is not -- yet -- a mega development.

    Shelly Bay "as is" has history, character, interest, and natural beauty. See it now, while you can still can.
    Written 22 July 2018
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  • Kitty P
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Steep hill climb through Bush. Climbing from root to root, but cool on hot day. Bench had no shade and Bush in front so view only when standing on bench. At the ridge nice level walking. Downhill we went to the koramari road steep gravel Zin zag path great views but no shade from the sun. Lovely walkers on track which could give advice which way to go or how long further to climb
    Written 18 January 2018
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  • SuperPoule
    Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great snorkeling trail. Wonderful really, the reserve has really helped the endengered species (crays, octopus,...) to come back, and it's just amazing. The giant kelp forests are a must see as well.
    Written 5 November 2019
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  • mdc12963
    Wellington, New Zealand47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    i did thewalk earlier this year and it is a nice walk from pukera bay around the beach and rocks to plimmerton
    Written 3 June 2023
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