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The Tui Nature Reserve Tour

marlborough environment awardsThis tour is the best of both worlds. It combines a trip with the Pelorus Mail Boat and a visit to a remote nature sanctuary that is only accessible by boat.

In 2006, Tui Nature Reserve was selected by the BBC Wildlife Magazine and ranked 8Th place in their top 10 best Eco-destinations of the world and in 2010 the sanctuary won the Habitat Enhancement and the Supreme Marlborough Environment Awards.

The sanctuary has an Open Space covenant by the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and is protected for future generations to come.
Tui Nature Reserve is also identified as a Significant Natural Area with Outstanding Natural Landscape and High Natural Character.

Leaving Havelock at 10.00am (check in at 9.30am)
you will be experiencing a beautiful cruise through the Pelorus Sound, where you will get to see some spectacular sights and have the chance to see wildlife - such as dolphins, gannets and blue penguins - in their natural environment.


When we arrive at Waitata Bay we step off onto the wharf where we will be going uphill with a 4WD off-road transporter, to where the sanctuary lies 180 meters above sealevel, imagine the views!
See more photos in the gallery below.

tui nature reserve view

A short break at the eco lodge, located in the heart of the sanctuary with astonishing views followed by an easy walk into the forest with some trees more than a thousand years old. Hopefully you spot Keruru (wood pigeon), Tui, Bellbird, Grey Warbler, Fantail, Falcon, Weka and many other native species.

The visit to Tui Nature Reserve takes about 2 hours, after that we will be making our way down the hill to meet up with the Pelorus Mail Boat to return to Havelock.
Returns around 3.30 – 4.30 into Havelock.

This is a tour not to be missed and don’t forget your camera!

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Pelorus Mail Boat with dolphins jumping
View Waitata Bay
4WD off-road transport to the sanctuary, 180 meters above sealevel
Break at Eco Lodge Tui Reserve
Weka Tui Nature Reserve
Bush tour. Rimu approximately 1000 years old
Nikau tree
Kohekohe tree, becoming a rare sight in the Marlborough Sounds
Stunning views over the Outer Pelorus Sounds

koru native wildlife centreThe Koru Wildlife Centre Tour

We also run a ‘breeding for release’ programme for native wildlife. Our main goal is to breed the species that we can release back into the wild, however we feel that advocacy is also important. We run tours, by arrangement only, which give you an insight and close experience of NZ native species and our conservation efforts to protect them.

The project is focussing on Yellow Crowned Kakariki and Giant Weta but there are a few other species on display. It even has a nocturnal building where you can observe the nocturnal Weta (giant insect) while it is awake.
Beside a look into the breeding of native species for release programme we are also involved in the Predator Free NZ and the Conservation Dogs New Zealand programme.

koru native wildlife centre marlborough

See more photos in the gallery below.
It will be an interesting and fun way to learn more about conservation in New Zealand. As tours are exclusive and limited (for the benefit of our breeding native species at the Wildlife Centre) times and dates can vary.logo doc

The breeding programmes are run under the authority of the Department of Conservation.

Contact our office if you would like more information, bookings are made through the booking form. Profits will go to the Charitable Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust. In this way the Trust can continue their conservation efforts. trust logo

If you are looking at booking both tours we can organise accommodation at the Linkwater Smith’s farm holiday park or go to their website
Both tours are depending on weather. We can arrange an alternative date or the booking will be cancelled without charge.

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Koru Native Wildlife Centre
Yellow Crowned Kakariki - ‘breeding for release’ programme
Observe the Weta
Conservation dog handler Leona with her dogs
Up close viewing of Gecko
Giant Weta
Marlborough Green Gecko
Marlborough Green Gecko

Read more about: Koru WIldlife Centre

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Marlborough Sounds boat tour & Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife tour