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Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

#19 of 35 things to do in Picton Features Animals
Picton, New Zealand
+64 27 692 3488
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For people who love birds

This is a predator free wildlife sanctuary on a point of land next to the Picton Harbor. It can be... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
jronkowski
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Chicago, Illinois
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A treasure on the doorstep

A local group of enthusiastic volunteers has taken the dream of having a predator free sanctuary to... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2016
Contention
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature reserve located in Picton, Marlborough. A community led project; this safe haven is protected by a predator-proof fence which keeps out introduced predators such as stoats, possums, cats and rats. The charity also has an extensive trapping regime which ensures any invaders are stopped. The Sanctuary is free to enter and is a charming hour to 1.5 hour walk with stunning views to the Queen Charlotte Sound and Picton Harbour. The ideal destination for a morning activity. Access is by water only, so you will need to visit one of the water taxi operators on the foreshore. Some have scheduled trips to the Sanctuary, while others will need you to book. Prices start from $20 per person return.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Picton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

This is a predator free wildlife sanctuary on a point of land next to the Picton Harbor. It can be reached by water taxi ( I used the Cougar line). Go early and you will see lots of birds- fan tails, yellow eyes, pigeons, etc....More

1  Thank jronkowski
Reviewed 21 April 2016

A local group of enthusiastic volunteers has taken the dream of having a predator free sanctuary to the stage were rare native birds are being re introduced. Rats, mice, possums, stoats and weasels were introduced to NZ over the last 2 - 300 years and...More

2  Thank Contention
Reviewed 20 March 2016

I only heard about the Sanctuary by accident a few days ago and with the weather forecast at home in Nelson looking marginal but good for Picton I decided on a day trip over the hill. I kayaked over from the Picton boat ramp and...More

2  Thank Diane W
Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

I read about this on trip advisor so was keen to go on the trail. It did cost us $40 each return on the water taxi but it was a pleasant trip on the water. When you get dropped off you feel quite remote. The...More

2  Thank Swanee59
Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Had a really lovely time walking around Kaipupu. Easy to get to by boat and water taxi. Great views and Loved seeing the native birds.

1  Thank BradleyHayden
Reviewed 14 December 2015

Wow! Only heard about this by accident and decided we'd love to take a look. What an amazing place - best kept secret and we'll be doing our best to change that by telling everyone we know! Congrats to the volunteers who make it what...More

4  Thank AngelaTNZ
Reviewed 4 November 2015

Great local initiative to bring native birds back to the Picton area. An easy graded walk (after a small hill up from the jetty) around the sanctuary with fantastic views of the Marlborough Sounds and a chance to get up close to the wildlife. Local...More

2  Thank BlenheimBaldrick
Kaipupu, Public Relations Manager at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2015

Thank you for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. We have recently launched Good Neighbours, which helps to encourage Picton residents to create their own backyard Sanctuary, so that the birds settled on Kaipupu have a safe haven when seeking out food etc in...More

Reviewed 23 May 2015

We have been to Kaipupu Point twice. A gentle walking track on a fairly short circuit makes for a pleasant morning or afternoon. A credit to the volunteers with vision for this lovely bird sanctuary. Access is by boat, either private or Picton cruises.More

2  Thank mary h
Kaipupu, Public Relations Manager at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2015

We're so pleased you enjoyed your time on the Sanctuary and thank you for taking the time to write your review. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into managing the reserve including building all the tracks, planting, weeding and of course ensuring predators are kept out....More

Reviewed 6 May 2015

We really enjoyed our walk here. It is a 2.8 km trail that is carefully protected with many volunteers helping in setting traps to catch and remove imported predators. The efforts to protect the local bird populations is impressive. We were able to see quite...More

1  Thank Mary H
Kaipupu, Public Relations Manager at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2015

We're so pleased you enjoyed your time on the Sanctuary and thank you for taking the time to write your review. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into managing the reserve including building all the tracks, planting, weeding and of course ensuring predators are kept out....More

Reviewed 8 March 2015

We picked up a leaflet for the Kaipupu Point wildlife sanctuary near Picton and were very keen to visit. The only access is by boat and there is no regular service, so it is necessary to find a local boatman to take you over and...More

Thank Chris H
Kaipupu, Public Relations Manager at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2015

We're so pleased you enjoyed your time on the Sanctuary and thank you for taking the time to write your review. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into managing the reserve including building all the tracks, planting, weeding and of course ensuring predators are kept out....More

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