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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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Believe it or not you can find the worlds tallest Believe it or not you can find the worlds tallest species of moss living in the Sanctuary. Dawsonia superba is easy to spot in the forest around Ferny Flats.
Are you as excited as this bellbird is for our ope Are you as excited as this bellbird is for our open day this Saturday?!
We had a big snow day yesterday at the Sanctuary. We had a big snow day yesterday at the Sanctuary. Check out how low the snow line is!
Want to know why these kōura are hanging out in a Want to know why these kōura are hanging out in a bucket? Check yesterdays post to find out!
How good is this MASSSIVE Totara tree?! 😱 How good is this MASSSIVE Totara tree?! 😱

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