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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.

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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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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 📸
We’re open every day of the July school holidays We’re open every day of the July school holidays! That’s 6th July to 19th July 10am to 4pm.
Winter is the season to spot colourful native berr Winter is the season to spot colourful native berries like this Mingimingi
Fussy eaters! Did you know South Island robins wip Fussy eaters! Did you know South Island robins wipe slugs side to side to get rid of the slime before they eat them. 😱😁

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