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Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

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Gerald Was a Fabulous Tour Guide! Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary is a Great Place!

We had a three-hour tour of Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary after our arrival on the ferry from... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
Tallahassee, Florida
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We so enjoyed our time at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary. Our guides were super enthusiastic and went... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Beaufort, SC
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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...more
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Picton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

We had a three-hour tour of Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary after our arrival on the ferry from Wellington. Our guide, Gerald, met us at our boat launch in Picton and showed us all around the peninsula. I had requested a guide about a month before our...More

Thank Florida-Traveler-US
Rachel R, Project Coordinator at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Great to hear that you enjoyed the visit to Kaipupu, Gerald is definitely a great guide.

Reviewed 4 March 2018

We so enjoyed our time at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary. Our guides were super enthusiastic and went out of their way to make sure we had a great visit.

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

It took us around 90 minutes to walk round the well signed and informed trail in Kaipupu Point Sanctuary. We spotted a number of rare birds including the ridiculously large NZ Wood Pigeon - what a treat! The work being done to protect these endangered...More

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Rachel R, Manager at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

Thank you for visiting Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip. We certainly have some very well fed Kereru (Woodpigeon) out there at the moment!

Reviewed 1 October 2017

Visited courtesy of E-Ko tours on their 2 hour taster trip. Great short intro on easy well formed tracks with interpretation panels and nice views to the sound - worth getting a guide if you are new to NZ to get the most out of...More

Thank karenandtim
Management response:Responded 4 October 2017

Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, it was a beautiful day to be out there. If you want to learn more about us we have a shop in Mariners Mall with informative displays, some unique merchandise and more.

Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Only a ten minute boat ride from Picton. Gorgeous walk and views. You can really see what New Zealand is like without all those pesky furry pests. Lots of rare birds and Hector's dolphins playing in the bay. Had to shoo a seal off the...More

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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

3  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

3  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.

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Krystyna T
26 January 2018|
Response from RachelR3671 | Property representative |
Kiwi are nocturnal so it is unlikely that you will see them during the day at Kaipupu. Your best bet to see kiwi during the day is to visit a nocturnal house (Orana Park in Christchurch) or you could visit the West Coast... More