Half day options to different sites either close to Nelson in Brook Waimarama Sanctuary for flora & fauna under recovery or at Pelorus through mature forest including a Hobbit film site…
With the establishment and development of the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary there is a determined effort by hundreds of volunteers to trap noxious animals, cut and form trapping and walking tracks, educate students and visitors at the same time raise funds for the erection of a surrounding pest proof fence.
The reward for all this hard work is a revitalised eco system as it was pre-immigrant time with healthy populations of giant earth worms, insects, and birdlife and conditions suitable for the reintroduction of kiwi and tuatara.
For those folk with limited time who wish to explore the diversity of a New Zealand forest with an easy walk, this half day journey focuses on flora and fauna and the traditional uses of many of our plants.
Take a scenic 50 minute drive to the Pelorus River to explore a little part of forest as New Zealand was before early settler arrival. Marvel at the giant podocarp trees such as Rimu, Matai and Totara that tower skywards and form a canopy over beech and Puketea tree that in turn shelter silver ferns, lancewoods and coprosmas. This is home to one of the last remaining colonies of bats and again intensive trapping is allowing the wildlife to thrive so their birdsong is truly inspiring.
Exit the easy flat walk to the beautiful Pelorus River as it rolls through broken rock formations lined on both sides with native forest. This was the location of the barrel scene in the second Hobbit movie the Desolation of Smaug.