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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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How good is this MASSSIVE Totara tree?! 😱 How good is this MASSSIVE Totara tree?! 😱
The birdsong is fantastic right now in the Sanctua The birdsong is fantastic right now in the Sanctuary. There’s lots of bellbirds, grey warblers and robins singing throughout the day.
Spring is here! We’re loving these flowering gre Spring is here! We’re loving these flowering greenhood orchids (Pterostylis australis). They’re easy to spot trackside in the lower valley.
It’s a stunning day here in the Sanctuary! We fo It’s a stunning day here in the Sanctuary! We found these native clematis flowering too 😍
These weta hotels seem to have quite a few tenants These weta hotels seem to have quite a few tenants at the moment 😀
Some long exposure magic from the Sanctuary last S Some long exposure magic from the Sanctuary last Sunday 💚

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