Brook Sanctuary offering a sneak peek
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.