Brook Sanc­tu­ary of­fer­ing a sneak peek

The Leader (Tasman) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SKARA BOHNY

If you’ve been miss­ing the Brook Sanc­tu­ary since it closed, this is the chance you’ve been wait­ing for.

Start­ing in April, the sanc­tu­ary is of­fer­ing guided tours of the sanc­tu­ary for peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties.

Trust co­or­di­na­tor Kat Will­cocks said the aim of the tours was to reach out to the Nel­son com­mu­nity and let peo­ple get a be­hind-the-scenes look at the work they’re do­ing while the sanc­tu­ary was closed to the public.

‘‘This is our first reach out to peo­ple, since we’ve been closed for so long. It means quite a lot to us, it’s so peo­ple can come and ex­pe­ri­ence the sanc­tu­ary again,’’ Will­cocks said.

‘‘It’s not aimed at tourists, it’s aimed at the Nel­son com­mu­nity, to come back in, come back and ex­pe­ri­ence it, come back and en­joy it.’’

‘‘It can give peo­ple a new per­spec­tive, and see the sanc­tu­ary in a new way.’’

There are four sanc­tu­ary tours avail­able, with the most pop­u­lar op­tion so far a tour around the fence­line.

‘‘Peo­ple can book on to go around the 4WD track, al­most 15 kilo­me­tres around the fence­line, on some quite wild tracks,’’ Will­cocks said.

She said for staff who drive the track every day, it could seem a com­mon­place ex­pe­ri­ence, but when peo­ple who have never driven it be­fore see it for the first time they are blown away.

‘‘The views of Nel­son, and back the other way to the ranges, it’s in­sane; and you get to ap­pre­ci­ate how big the sanc­tu­ary is, as well, be­cause you’re over­look­ing it from the ridges.

‘‘It’s a re­ally stun­ning drive, and it’s some­thing quite dif­fer­ent, and it can be quite thrilling on the rougher parts of the track,’’ Will­cocks said.

‘‘I’m most ex­cited about that one re­ally, be­cause it’s a per­fect way for peo­ple who are not phys­i­cally ca­pa­ble, maybe older peo­ple who were in­volved in the sanc­tu­ary years ago but can’t go tramp­ing, they can still see those awe­some views and be in the for­est.’’

For peo­ple who wanted to get a bit more ac­tive, there’s a tour for peo­ple to drive into the sanc­tu­ary’s high­lands and walk back down to the visi­tor cen­tre.

An­other tour was of the ‘‘be­hind-the-scenes’’ trap-lines and op­er­a­tional lines in places the public don’t usu­ally get to see. For fam­i­lies with younger chil­dren, there is a glow-worm tour in the lower lev­els of the val­ley.

‘‘I’ve tried as best as I can to cover all the bases, so there’s some­thing for every­one,’’ Will­cocks said.


Naina Mahto, left, Hud­son Dodd, Kat Will­cocks and Show­case Nel­son’s Stu Al­lan.

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