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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 aim to engage 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 our natural environment.

We are enriching the future – come join us.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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

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EDUCATION AT THE SANCTUARY

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

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SANCTUARY WALKS & FACILITIES

Be inspired by our 700-ha pest-free 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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  • These tiny wee flowers are from Tree Tutu - an essential plant in a regenerating ecosystem.
  • Let’s play a game of guess the plant! Who knows what this is just from these leave?
  • It might be a rainy day here in Nelson but our fantails don’t seem to mind!
  • If you’re walking through the lower bush at the moment you might change upon a strange (kind of pleasant) smell. These tiny Mahoe flowers are absolutely covering the branches of all our mahoe trees!
  • There’s an unmistakable smell of sweet fermenting honeydew when you’re in a beech forest over the warmer months.
  • This teeny tiny weevil was about the size of a grain of sand. We found it on a kowhai flower too 😍

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