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Brook Sanctuary Guided Tours are the perfect way to maximise your experience

Brook Sanctuary Guided Tours reveal the hidden valleys of Waimārama. Discover for yourself what makes this Sanctuary unique – even the most knowledgeable visitors are surprised by what they learn from one of our expert guides.

Your guided tour/walk starts at the Sanctuary Visitor Centre where our friendly guide will meet you. All guides have a wealth of knowledge about the Sanctuary, its special features and stories. After introductions and an overview of the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary, you’ll be on your way. Expect the tour to take 60-90 minutes.

If you’re lucky, you might see or hear our newest residents – 40 tīeke (South Island saddleback) which were released into the Sanctuary April 2021. Back in 1964, just 36 of these fascinating birds were rescued/removed from rat-infested Big South Cape Island to a number of secure predator-free islands to save their population/species. We hope they’ll start to breed in September.

The tour will cover the history of the Sanctuary, including its pre-European history as a source of food and medicinal plants for local Maori people, its more recent history since the arrival of European settlers to Nelson (and the mammalian predators they brought with them), and the flora and fauna found within the Sanctuary.

If you have any questions about this tour that you would like answered before booking, please email

Brook Sanctuary Guided Tours are available for a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12 people, including children (under 5 years of age entry is free).

Tours are available 10:30am every Sunday, throughout the year. 

Please note that the charges below are inclusive of the standard admission fees.

Here’s a Guided Tours taster – check out this short: video

Once you’ve completed your guided tour, don’t forget to write us a review on TripAdvisor, Google or on our Facebook page – we welcome your feedback.


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