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Tautari Wetland Highlights

Ticket Information

  • Adult: $42.00 each
  • Child (5-16 years): $19.00 each
  • Family (2 Adults & up to 3 Children): $98.00 each
  • Concession (Valid for NZ; Supergold, Community Services, or Student ID cardholders): $32.00 each
  • Additional fees may apply


  • Sat 25 Nov 2023, 1:30pm–2:30pm
  • Sat 2 Dec 2023, 1:30pm–2:30pm
  • Wed 6 Dec 2023, 1:30pm–2:30pm
  • Sat 9 Dec 2023, 1:30pm–2:30pm
  • Sat 16 Dec 2023, 1:30pm–2:30pm
  • Sat 23 Dec 2023, 1:30pm–2:30pm
  • Wed 27 Dec 2023, 1:30pm–2:30pm


All Ages

Nestled in the valley below the visitor centre is the Tautari Wetland, protected by both a QEII covenant and our pest-proof fence. This picturesque wetland habitat is a safe haven for two of our taonga species. This intimate tour provides a wonderful opportunity to see these unique animals in the wild and is a great experience for all ages.

One of our knowledgeable guides may take you through the tuatarium in search of the well-camouflaged tuatara as they bask near the entrances to their burrows. Tuatara are the sole surviving members of an ancient group of reptiles found only in New Zealand.

You may also observe the endearing and very rare takahē and possibly see them receiving a supplementary fee. This large, flightless bird helped shape the future of conservation techniques in New Zealand.

Please note this tour has seasonal availability and restrictions:

- Viewing of tuatara is reliant on seasonal temperature variations and, like us, they prefer to be tucked up inside their burrows during the winter months of June-August.

- Viewing of takahē may be restricted during their breeding season October-January.

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