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Welcome to The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary

Take a guided tour to maximise your experience and to learn more about what lies beneath the surface in the Sanctuary. It is amazing how much we don’t know. Even the most knowledgeable visitors are surprised by what they can learn.

Your guided tour/walk starts at the Sanctuary Visitor Centre where our friendly guide will meet you. All the guides have a lot of knowledge of 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.

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

Tours are available for a minimum of 3 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.

You can have a taste of what the Guided Tours will offer you here:  video



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