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Brooke Waimarama Sanctuary hikes

Maitai, New Zealand



7.5 miles

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Added by Deepthi Akilla

A 10 km 2-hour hike by the stream through the wilderness, leading to some beautiful waterfalls, and then uphill to the dam.

The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is located in Nelson, New Zealand. This is a 715 hectare mainland “ecological island” sanctuary . Visitors are encouraged here. As you get to the visitor’s centre, there’s a map with several hiking tracks right outside the sanctuary. Most of them are often closed, as they are currently working on building a fence to protect the endangered species. The staff at the visitors centre were fantastic and they suggested a few hikes to me, per my interest of chasing waterfalls. The 1st one I did was a lovely walk (35mins) alongside the stream. This takes you through diverse secondary forest full of ferns and fruiting trees. You will see a beautiful full waterfall in a divider path. I caught a few pictures and went forth till the end of the track. At this point, I didn’t return. I took a diversion to the upper dam (there are signs and directions) which is a steep terrain. I went on and caught a bunch of waterfalls here. There’s a bridge you hit at the end of the hike, where there are directions to get back to the visitors centre. All in all my hike and the exploration lasted for 2 hours. About 12 km. Very straightforward with a map upfront and directions at different hikes. You just need water and may be a couple of power-bars to keep you going, incase you decide to keep exploring the different tracks.

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