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If you’re posting photos of your visit to the Sanctuary on your social media, please hashtag us (#brooksanctuary @The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary) so that we see them and can reshare to our social wall.

Drumroll ... the announcement that many of you have been waiting for!

Sanctuary 𝗚𝗹𝗼𝘄𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗺 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗴𝗼 𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗲, 𝟵𝗮𝗺 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 ...(𝟭𝟲 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆). The first available tour date will be Saturday 27 July and twenty-one tours have been scheduled through to 11 September.

Available dates will be:

27, 30 & 31 July
2,3,6,7,9,10,13,14,27,28,30 and 31 August
3,4,6,7,10 and 11 September

Talk to your friends and family to get organised to purchase your tickets on Tuesday! (Tickets are expected to sell out quickly - get in quick to avoid disappointment).

Tour bookings are on a first come, first served basis. Tour groups are for minimum of four (4) people, and a maximum of 12. Tours are dependent on the availability of (mostly) volunteer guides and are weather dependent.

All tours commence 6.15pm at the Sanctuary Visitor Centre for pre-tour briefing.

Tickets can be purchased EXCLUSIVELY through the Sanctuary website. Sorry we are not accepting preregistrations.

This is the secret to beating boredom during these School Holidays. 🌟 Join us for our extended hours at the Sanctuary from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM until 19 July, for an unforgettable experience! 🦋 Let’s keep the kiddos entertained and educated with free coloring sheets, native ...wildlife scavenger hunts, bug hotels, a native fish tank, and so much more! 🎨🌿 It’s the perfect opportunity for a fun, educational day surrounded by nature. Come and explore with us! 🌳🍃

#SchoolHolidays #schoolholidaysnz #easyactivitiesforkids #weekendactivity #wa #FamilyFun #NatureEducation #nzmum #kiwimum #ecoparenting #kiwikids #nz #newzealand

✨A glimpse of our Matariki event with Tasman Bay Guardians last Thursday🌟

We welcomed around 30 locals from the Brook area for a special guided fish spotlighting event. Despite the cold night, we discovered numerous macroinvertebrates, a few koura (freshwater crayfish), and even a ...kōaro (Galaxias brevipinnis)! 🦐🐟

The goal was to provide a fun, educational experience and explore the possibility of forming a Brook Valley catchment group to support the Sanctuary Halo, undertaking activities such as planting native trees, monitoring water quality, controlling invasive species, and advocating for greater conservation efforts. 🏞️💧

We wrapped up with a whānau BBQ, allowing everyone to have a kōrero and strengthen community ties. A big thank you to Paul Fisher from Nelson City Council and Akira Doura, plus all the freshwater experts for their invaluable help! 🙌 We’re so grateful for everyone who joined us and made this event a success too!

#Matariki #BrookSanctuary #Tasman #Community #NatureLovers #HaloEffect #EducationalFun

✨A glimpse of our Matariki event with @tasmanbayguardians last Thursday🌟

We welcomed around 30 locals from the Brook area for a special guided fish spotlighting event. Despite the cold night, we discovered numerous macroinvertebrates, a few koura (freshwater crayfish), and even a ...kōaro (Galaxias brevipinnis)! 🦐🐟

The goal was to provide a fun, educational experience and explore the possibility of forming a Brook Valley catchment group to support the Sanctuary Halo, undertaking activities such as planting native trees, monitoring water quality, controlling invasive species, and advocating for greater conservation efforts. 🏞️💧

We wrapped up with a whānau BBQ, allowing everyone to have a kōrero and strengthen community ties. A big thank you to Paul Fisher from @nelsoncitycouncil and Akira Doura, plus all the freshwater experts for their invaluable help! 🙌 We’re so grateful for everyone who joined us and made this event a success too! 💚

#matariki #BrookSanctuary #tasman #community #naturelovers #haloeffect #sanctuary #educationalfun

Are you looking for your next volunteer opportunity? Come to the NBS Volunteer Expo this Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Annesbrook Community Centre. The Sanctuary will be present, providing information about our volunteer teams and other opportunities to get involved. We are looking forward to ...seeing you there! 😊

Volunteer Nelson Tasman District Council - Te Kaunihera o te tai o Aorere #volunteers #volunteering #VolunteerOpportunity #volunteersmakeadifference

On 10 July at the Forest & Bird meeting, our ecologist, Robert, will discuss the amazing work being done at the Sanctuary. We'd love to have you join us for the informative session and enjoy a cup of tea!

The July school holidays are approaching, and you know what that means! The Sanctuary has another great art competition. Last time, we asked young artists to paint, draw, build, and model birds. This time, it’s BUGS! Bugs are integral to the pollination process, get rid of pests, improve soil ...health, and are a source of food for other creatures on the food chain.

We want to see your best bugs - spiders, snails, butterflies, stick insects, beetles, and other crawlies like this Wellington Tree Wētā, Hemideina crassidens.

If you are looking for inspiration swing by the Sanctuary to say hello to the wētā and other bugs in our wooden wētā ‘hotels.’ These shelters provide a safe habitat and increase our biodiversity. To protect these small but mighty creatures, make sure to not open the door for too long or they might feel threatened and won’t come back!

Send photos of your creations to: info@brooksanctuary.org.nz to enter to win exclusive Sanctuary prizes! The competition closes at 10 am, 22 July, and is open to pre-schoolers to 18-year-olds.

📸: @noah.fenwick

#brooksanctuary #NZBugs #schoolholidayartnz #artcompetition #nationalinsectweek #bug #insects #kidsactivities

As over 500 whetū (stars) of the Matariki cluster rise in the winter sky, they signal a time of remembrance, reflection, and renewal across Aotearoa. Matariki is a special time in the Māori calendar that celebrates the beginning of a new year and connects us to the land, the sky, and each ...other through a series of events, traditions, and celebrations that are deeply rooted in Māori culture.

In the Te Kāhui o Matariki, at least nine stars are visible to the naked eye. Each of the stars has unique characteristics connected with the natural world that Māori acknowledge and honor. Waipunarangi (Electra) is associated with the various forms of rain we experience throughout the year as it falls from the sky and washes over the earth, nourishing all living things. The pooling of water on the ground caused by showers in the winter months is referred to as Matariki tāpuapua (The pools of Matariki).

The titiwai (glowworms) in the Sanctuary are found in damp forest areas and benefit from this rain and water along with various other native plants and animals. Glowing along streams and in caves just like the whetū. 

Mānawatia a Matariki — Happy Māori New Year! The Sanctuary will be open tomorrow from 10 AM to 4 PM. Come grab our free Matariki coloring page as seen here when your there✨

📸: @nz.andy
🎨: @muci_illustration

#Matariki #Matariki2024 #NZConservation #nelson #newzealand

As over 500 whetū (stars) of the Matariki cluster rise in the winter sky, they signal a time of remembrance, reflection, and renewal across Aotearoa. Matariki is a particular time in the Māori calendar that celebrates the beginning of a new year and connects us to the land, the sky, and each ...other through events, traditions, and celebrations deeply rooted in Māori culture.

In the Te Kāhui o Matariki, at least nine stars are visible to the naked eye. Each star has unique characteristics connected with the natural world that Māori acknowledge and honor. Waipunarangi (Electra) is associated with the various forms of rain we experience throughout the year as it falls from the sky and washes over the earth, nourishing all living things. The water pooling on the ground caused by showers in the winter months is called Matariki tāpuapua (The pools of Matariki).

The titiwai (glowworms) in the Sanctuary are found in damp forest areas and benefit from this rain and water along with various other native plants and animals. Glowing along streams and in caves just like the whetū.

Mānawatia a Matariki — Happy Māori New Year! The Sanctuary will be open tomorrow from 10 AM to 4 PM. Come swing by to grab your free Matariki coloring page as seen here!

📸: NZ Andy
🎨: @muci_illustration

#Matariki #Matariki2024 #NZConservation #nelson #newzealand

The July school holidays are approaching which means - the Sanctuary has another great art competition, last time we asked young artists to paint, draw, build, model or bake a bird(s) ... this time it's BUGS!

We want to see your best BUGS - spiders, snails, butterflies, stick insects,... beetles and other crawlies. Send photos of your creations to: info@brooksanctuary.org.nz.

Competition closes 10am, 22 July, competition is open to pre-schoolers and kids up to 18 years of age.

#brooksanctuary #NZBugs #schoolholidayartnz

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