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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
Brook Waimārama Sanctuary; Children: Students; Education Inspiring The Next Generation; Learning; Rick Field

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.

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Brook Waimārama Sanctuary; Green Spider;

OUR NATIVE WILDLIFE AND PLANTS

Discover the extraordinary in our backyard.

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Our OPEN DAY is all go today from 10am-4pm

Come on up to the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary for our free entry day with plenty of fun activities for kids and some delicious street food options too. 

#brooksanctuary #openday #2022
The transfer next week of kākāriki karaka (orange fronted parakeet) into the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary is a significant event for conservation, the Sanctuary, Te Tauihu iwi, Nelson City Council and for the Top of the South. 

It is the first time kākāriki karaka have been introduced to a sanctuary and the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary represents an exciting new site for the Kākāriki Karaka Recovery Programme to take place.

#brooksanctuary #nzbirds #nznatives #kakariki #parakeet #orangefrontedparakeet
Pīpīwhatauroa (shining cuckoo) have been heard in the Sanctuary, so that must mean - it's spring time!

The Sanctuary is open 9am-4pm this weekend, and 9am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday during the October school holidays (2-17 October). #brooksanctuary #schoolholidayactivities #nelsonnz
We’re currently closed due to level 4 restrictions but our inhabitants will be ready and waiting to say hello when we open back up again 😊

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