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The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary is a community-based initiative.

We are working to bring nature back to Nelson, Te Tau Ihu (the top of the South Island) and New Zealand via a wildlife sanctuary on Nelson city’s doorstep.

The idea of a Sanctuary on the site of the city’s former water works was first considered in 2002 by a group of visionary individuals.  Since the formation of the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary Trust in 2004 our committed trustees, hardworking volunteers and a small number of staff have been working to make this vision a reality.

We are aiming to re-create a historic piece of New Zealand which today is only found on a few off-shore islands, where native birds, reptiles and invertebrates can flourish in the haven we are creating.

Years of labour, intense fundraising and unwavering community support have carried us closer to our goal – we now have a visitor centre, an immersive outdoor classroom, have built the 14.4km pest-proof fence, pedestrian bridges, well maintained visitor tracks (some of wheelchair standard) – and importantly, more public understanding of the importance of wildlife sanctuaries both now and in the future.

We are commencing our programme of reintroducing endangered or lost species, to the eventual benefit of all New Zealanders.

We still have a little way to go:
we’d love you to join us and help make a difference.

Brook Waimārama Sanctuary; stream; waterways; our story; infographic

Visit, volunteer, support.
Ngā mihi nui – kia ora.


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