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It’s not difficult to see unique wildlife in Wellington, since it’s so close to the mountains and water. Forbes Travel Guide’s editors recommend the ZEALANDIA wildlife sanctuary in the suburb of Karori offers a predator-free environment for native birds, and is worth a visit. If you have more time, Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbor is an entire island sanctuary accessible by ferry, where you can spend the day hiking among parrots and songbirds with few other people around to interrupt. Both also house tuatara, unusual reptiles that usually live only on islands in the far south of the country. New Zealand fur seals can usually be found on the black-sand beaches near the southern edge of the city, and you can watch them from a safe distance.