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7 April 2024 – Open Day aka Nelson’s Big Green Day Out!

Our bi-annual Open Day is coming up on 7 April 2024! The Open Day is one of our busiest days of the year and is a family-friendly event celebrating the rich biodiversity of Aotearoa’s native flora and fauna in the picturesque setting of The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary. Indulge in delectable street food, discover key conservation milestones, and immerse yourself in the serenity of the pristine Brook Stream. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll along peaceful bush tracks or simply want to relax and enjoy the birdsong, this event offers something for everyone. Plus, with Free Entry, it’s an ideal combination of education and fun for all ages.

As the largest fenced sanctuary for endangered plants and creatures in the South Island, The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary, located near Nelson city but tucked away, provides a unique opportunity to connect with the natural beauty of New Zealand’s native bush. Take a deep breath, engage with the environment, and appreciate conservation in action!

This year the theme is ‘The Halo Effect’ – stay tuned for more information and a full activity line-up.

If you’d like to get involved or support this event in some way through sponsorship or other donations then please get in touch with

This year, as part of Open Day we’re offering two FREE guided plant identification walks –
these sessions will take place at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
Each walk will be capped at 20 participants per session and will take (about) an hour.

Embark on a fascinating journey into the rich biodiversity of our local environment with A Guided Plant Identification Walk at the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary. This guided walk will be a captivating experience designed to enhance your understanding of native plants, including their history and use as rongoā, and learn how you can contribute to the conservation of our precious ecosystems. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with the natural world, deepen your appreciation for native flora, and contribute to the preservation of our ecological heritage in Whakatū and beyond. Pre-registrations essential.

If you’d like to pre-registered for one of these walks, please fill in the relevant form below, more information will be provided in due course.


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