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    Nelson Montessori students are regular visitors to the Brook Sanctuary. Hopefully the experience they have will set in motion a connection and appreciatiion of the New Zealand bush that will influence the rest of their lives.

    Posted by webmaster on Jun 7th, 2016


    The Sanctuary will close for a period of a few months while pests are removed from inside the fenced area in winter 2017. Plans originally scheduled for this winter have been moved.

    Posted by webmaster on Jul 22nd, 2016

Track Building

The Fence

    Check out this drone flight over the fence route 

    Posted by webmaster on Aug 21st, 2015

Visitor Centre

    Holiday Opening Hours

    The sanctuary is currently open to the public at all hours. The only pedestrian entrance through the sanctuary’s pest-proof fence is the public gate located directly behind the visitor centre building. Because the site is not yet pest-free the public gate remains unlocked. (Please note the pedestrian bridge and track from the car park are currently closed for repairs.)

    A donation for entry is requested by the charitable trust developing the sanctuary to support the project as a work in progress. Suggested donation is $5 per adult or $10-$15 per family. Over the coming year we will use these funds to develop additional visitor facilities.

    The visitor centre is staffed by volunteer hosts, and is open over the holiday season from 11:00am to 3:00pm on weekdays and from 10:30am to 4:30pm on weekends.

    Please make sure your vehicle is not in the carpark after 5pm 
    Dogs are Prohibited.

    Please observe all warning signage.

    Posted by Rick Field on Mar 25th, 2015

Wildlife Monitoring

    All birds, like us, rest and sleep. This period of inactivity is called roosting. Some birds roost alone, while others roost in groups varying in size from small to very large. To be honest, you probably won’t want to encourage birds to communally roost extensively in your garden. Just think back to the times when you parked your car under the shade of a large tree, only to return to find it blanketed in guano.

    Posted by Katherine Chamberlain on Apr 16th, 2014