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Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

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Picton, New Zealand
+64 27 692 3488
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A Beautiful and Important Sanctuary

It took us around 90 minutes to walk round the well signed and informed trail in Kaipupu Point... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bill Y
Great easy intro to NZ regenerating bush

Visited courtesy of E-Ko tours on their 2 hour taster trip. Great short intro on easy well formed... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2017
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Picton, New Zealand
+64 27 692 3488
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank Bill Y
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

Thank Joan G
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

2  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

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