Take a ten-minute taxi ride from Aro Valley to the world’s full fenced urban eco sanctuary, Zealandia. The 225-hectare sanctuary is the site of a conservation project that aims to create the biodiversity of New Zealand before any humans set foot on the land. The forest and reservoir is now home to extremely rare native species, which visitors can experience at any time of day, however, if you visit at night it increases your chances of getting close to New Zealand’s most elusive creature – the kiwi. There are over 100 kiwis in the valley, and during the two-hour Night Tour (NZ$40-$85) you’ll likely see one as you follow your guide up steep pathways and over a more exposed bridge (this is also a good time to listen out for kiwi calls). In the first part of the tour you’ll meet equally as fascinating animals such as the dinosaur-like tuatara, the nocturnal duck pateke, a native parrot-like bird called kaka and giant weta, which is basically a very large insect. Understandably, they treat the sanctuary like an offshore island, and so bring as little as possible as bags need to be checked for any items that may contaminate the area. Dress appropriately for a night walk and leave the flashy camera at home. The tunnel of glow worms are best appreciated with your eyes, not through a lens.