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Visiting the Sanctuary under the new COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light System).

COVID-19 Vaccination Passes

Visitors to the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary are required to present COVID-19 Vaccination Passes prior to enter.

The requirement will be effective from 3 December 2021, when New Zealand implements the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Children under 12-years will not be required to present a COVID Vaccination Certificate. When visiting the Sanctuary you will be welcomed by a member of staff or a volunteer who will check your pass.

Adopting the COVID Protection Framework allows us to keep our doors open, even during orange and red restrictions, which means we can continue our conservation mahi and share this very special place with our community.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary Trust sets high standards based on the latest research and the protection of native species and we reflect these standards in the protection of our people, and of our visitors.

You will be able to visit the Sanctuary knowing it is a safe space for you and your whānau to experience and enjoy. All Sanctuary staff and Visitor Centre volunteer hosts are fully vaccinated.


Why do we have to get a vaccine?

Getting vaccinated means that you are far less likely to get really sick and have to go to hospital if you catch COVID-19. You are also less likely to pass COVID-19 on to other people.

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Can I enter the Sanctuary if I am awaiting a COVID test result?

No, you cannot visit/enter the Sanctuary whilst awaiting a test result. Under health regulations, you’re required to be self-isolating until you receive a negative test result.

What about children under 12 years old?

Children under 12 years of age are not currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations and therefore exempt while this is the case. We will take guidance from the New Zealand Government as guidelines become available.

Will we take visitors with just one jab?

Entry to our visitor centre will be dependent on possession of a COVID Vaccination Pass. Currently you require two vaccinations or an exemption to get this Pass. For more information on COVID Vaccination Passes, please visit

Where will you check my vaccination pass?

Our staff or volunteers will welcome you at the Visitor Centre. You will need to present your vaccination pass before you enter.

Will I need to get my vaccination pass checked every time?

You will be required to show your vaccination pass every time you visit the Sanctuary. We understand this is a new way of doing things and may take some getting used to. We appreciate your patience with the roll out of this new process.

What about international visitors?

We will be following government guidelines on how to check international visitors’ vaccine status.

I’m a Sanctuary supporter (aka member) without a vaccine pass. What can I do?

If you have been vaccinated or have an exemption, please visit to get your vaccine pass.

You are an important part of our Sanctuary whānau, and this doesn’t change if you have chosen not to be vaccinated, though you will be unable to visit. You are a champion for nature. Your support has enabled us to carry out important conservation mahi which is increasing the biodiversity of our region. We appreciate your continued support during this time. If you have any questions around your supporter subscription, please contact us at and we will be happy to help.

Do I have to provide ID?

The legislation and guidance does indicate your ID may be requested to verify your vaccine pass. So, you may be asked to provide ID when entering.

What if I forget my wallet or phone?

Vaccine passes will be required for entry into the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary visitor centre, these will be checked on the front deck in front of the visitor centre.

Can we attend Sanctuary events without a vaccine pass?

Entry into the the Sanctuary Visitor Centre requires a vaccine pass, so people will need to have a valid pass to attend our events.

Do I still need to wear a mask?

Masks will be required in the Visitor Centre under red or orange restrictions. Masks are optional once outside in the Sanctuary itself, but are recommended where social distancing is tricky.

Will you be storing any private information?

No, we will not be storing any information about your vaccine pass, we will only be requiring you to provide your vaccine pass on entry.

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