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Haere mai / welcome to a special part of New Zealand: Brook Waimārama Sanctuary, the largest fenced haven for endangered plants and creatures in the South Island.

Close to Nelson city but hidden away, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of New Zealand native bush, breathe deeply and engage.

We want to connect people with the natural world in a way that promotes environmental responsibility and contributes to the restoration of our local and national ecosystems.

We hope visitors will experience the mauri (life force), vital essence and spirituality of this natural environment.

We are enriching the future – come join us.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We welcome your help: hands-on or from a distance.

GET INVOLVED

EDUCATION AT THE SANCTUARY

It’s never too late to learn about how we can care for and interact with nature.

BOOK A GROUP VISIT

SANCTUARY WALKS & FACILITIES

Be inspired by our 690-ha protected ecosystem just 6km from Nelson’s central city.

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OUR NATIVE WILDLIFE AND PLANTS

Discover the extraordinary in our backyard.

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BE IN TO WIN A NELSON WEEKEND GETAWAY FOR WELLINGT BE IN TO WIN A NELSON WEEKEND GETAWAY FOR WELLINGTON FRIENDS OR FAMILY !

Let the fun begin in Sunny Nelson!
All you have to do, if you are in Nelson nominate a friend or family member in Wellington to come to Nelson for the weekend.
If you are a Wellingtonian, nominate a friend or family member you would like to visit, or even just yourself, it’s that simple. Like most things in Nelson, everything is available.

Head over to the @uniquely.nelson Facebook page to enter.
Have you ever thought about becoming a sanctuary v Have you ever thought about becoming a sanctuary volunteer? It’s a great way to explore the sanctuary and experience conservation hands on!
How good is this yellow mushroom spotted yesterday How good is this yellow mushroom spotted yesterday near the top weir?! 😱😀
The birds are chirping and it’s another stunnin The birds are chirping and it’s  another stunning day here in the Sanctuary today. We’re open until 4pm 🍃
The suns out in Nelson today! What better way to s The suns out in Nelson today! What better way to spend the weekend than exploring New Zealand’s second largest mainland sanctuary! 🍃
We’re open today (and every other day of the sch We’re open today (and every other day of the school holidays). It’s the perfect day to go on a waterfall hunt 📸

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