The Valley

Wellington's Creswick Valley is a peaceful, bushclad valley which is overlooked by Northland and Wilton to the east and Karori to the west. The Kaiwharawhara stream runs through and underneath the valley and teems with indigenous fish, eight species in all. The Valley is frequented by birdlife from the neighbouring Zealandia Karori Sanctuary and Otari-Wilton's Bush; tui, korimako (bellbird), kākā, piwakawaka (fantail), ruru (morepork), riroriro (grey warbler), kereru and others are common. Two threatened species, hihi (stichbird) and North Island saddleback (tīeke) are also present. An easily accessible large population of glow-worms is situated in the valley on Old Karori Road.