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The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary – a very special part of New Zealand

The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary is the largest fenced Sanctuary 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 (visitors, our staff and volunteers) 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 here at the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary.

Get Involved; Brook Waimārama Sanctuary

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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

GET INVOLVED
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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.

BOOK A GROUP VISIT
Brook Waimārama Sanctuary; Visitor Centre; Walks And Facilities

SANCTUARY WALKS & FACILITIES

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

LEARN MORE
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OUR NATIVE WILDLIFE AND PLANTS

Discover the extraordinary in our backyard.

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This is your sign to visit our life size moa, recently moved from the Nelson Airport back to our visitor center in the Brook, Nelson⛰️🌲

The South Island giant moa (Genus Dinornis) was one of two giant moa species, but there were actually 9 different types of moa endemic to New Zealand. At 3.6 meters tall and 230 kg, the giant moa was one of the largest of these flightless, herbivorous birds. They became extinct less than 500-600 years ago due to over hunting. 

If you want to learn more about the moa, along with other birds here we’d love to see you in the Sanctuary open Thursday to Sunday 10-4 PM🤞

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Enter for the chance to win up to $5,000 and a guaranteed $1,000 artist stipend at Sculpt Nature. Not to mention the opportunity to spend nine days working within the Sanctuary amongst the bellbird’s song and ancient beech trees’ shade.

Artist applications close in just 10 days for sculptors nationwide; please apply in our bio before 30 June. We can’t wait to see how you combine art and conservation using natural, foraged, and recycled waste materials and partake in the @nelson_arts_festival too! 

Please share with your family, friends, and local community so we can educate and inspire more visitors through these ephemeral sculptures.

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