Brook Waimārama Sanctuary

Brook Waimārama Sanctuary, Nelson: Hours, Address, Brook Waimārama Sanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

Brook Waimārama Sanctuary
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is the largest fenced haven for endangered plants and creatures in the South Island. Close to Nelson city but hidden away, you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of New Zealand native bush, breathe deeply and engage. There are a number of tracks to explore using a map from the Visitor Centre or utilising the information panels as you come across them. The easiest is the Loop Track which is a charming easy walk of some 45 minutes and accessible for push chairs, wheel chairs and mobility scooters. An extension loop is not quite so well developed but takes visitors further into the beautiful central valley floor or up the ridges. A variety of other tracks that are a little more challenging – some with river crossings and steep terrain – weave throughout the Sanctuary, suitable for different fitness levels. Every visit helps us with our conservation cause - come and experience the hidden valleys of Waimarama.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Jas and Jac B
14 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Hidden gem not far from the city centre. We went on a hot day and a dip in the river was wonderfully refreshing. Would happily visit again and are pleased to see this type of conservation happening in Nelson.
Written 25 December 2021
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BlueKiwi1977
Nelson, New Zealand23 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We did the Glow Worm guided tour at the end of winter. Wow its fantastic! Really magical with glow worms in view almost the entire walk. Friendly knowledgeable guides. Family friendly in the win months.
Written 5 December 2021
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Kiwivennie
Redwoods Valley, New Zealand30 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Was lucky to go on the final glow worm tour of the season after our initial date was cancelled due to COVID. Absolutely magical - so many glow worms! The two guides we had were wonderful & so enthusiastic about the sanctuary. Bird calls at sunset were great & the ruru (Morepork) calls are always comforting in the NZ forest. Keep organising these please - they are brilliant! More activities after dark would be great - especially in that stunning bush glade you have developed.
Written 1 November 2021
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366Debbie
1 contribution
Oct 2021
We had the good fortune to get in on the last Glow Worm Tour of the year this week and it was fantastic - strongly recommend to anyone next winter/spring.
There are so many glow worms all along the track and on the opposite bank it's like the night sky on the ground! The guides and commentary were excellent, as was the track itself. Very good value and a little bit magical :)
Written 31 October 2021
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nzp0ppy
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand14,902 contributions
Sep 2021
Its a lovely area, but at $17 and $9 entry i dont think you are getting value. The entrance area is free to visit. we walked around and could hear birds, but a similar experience to walking at Pelorus, or the nearby Grampians walkway.
We came across a couple of information panels. the tracks arent suitable for anyone with knee issues - some of the tracks and narrow, steep drop offs and loose stones. We had a number of creek crossings. The forest is lovely, but a bit pricey for a stroll in the valley.
Written 18 September 2021
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taits1261
Nelson, New Zealand4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Great night time friends or family walk. Friendly informative hosts that escorted us around the easy one hour walk. Glow worms, stars, moon, babbling stream, morpork, the smells of the bush, the silence and also adventurous chatter. A very pleasant night time adventure thank you 😊
Written 14 August 2021
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mcwarrington66
Nelson, New Zealand4 contributions
Aug 2021
I just took part in a night-time walk in the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary to see the glowworms. We walked for about an hour along well-built tracks and boardwalks, with The Brook itself splashing alongside us the whole way. Each person carried a small light; our two guides each carried a glowing staff, one in front and one in back of our single-file group. The glowworms appeared in clusters along the trail, mimicking stars in the Milky Way above our heads. There were glowworms above us on the slopes, and whole bands of them following contours, more than I expected. Ruru (moreporks) were hooting in the distance. Our guides didn't hurry us, and told us more about the glowworms and the sanctuary. This was a very special experience that you should share with friends and family. So much fun.
Written 13 August 2021
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Martin Love
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
We shared the night gloworm tour this week with a small group and two guides. Many gloworms along most of the track and explanations for them and the surrounds. Plenty of time to connect, reflect and respect nature at its best.
Written 8 August 2021
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Steven Gray
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand15 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We took the opportunity to do the Glowworm walk last night. It was a great experience especially considering the wide range of ages in the group. Kirsten and Peter were knowledgeable guides who did a fantastic job of making the night time experience highly memorable.
Written 14 July 2021
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JAV
Nelson, New Zealand1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Friends
Went on the glow worm tour and it was amazing! Knowledgeable and fun tour guides and it was great value for money. So many glow worms 🌟
Written 7 July 2021
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Thanks Voyager - we're delighted you enjoyed your glowworm tour and that you found the experience fun, value for money and our tour guides to be knowledgeable. We're delighted at the positive response we've had from the Nelson community to these tours - they now fully sold out, so you're one of the lucky ones. Warm regards The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Team
Written 8 July 2021
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