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Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

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Quiet sanctuary right near the city

Came out while our cruise ship was docked in town, the reserve is free, but the water taxi will... read more

Reviewed 2 February 2019
Mountain View, California
Kaipupu is gorgeous and a great experience

Two adults and two kids (9-11). One sick adult and one sick kid, we all managed the walk, at... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2019
Singapore, Singapore
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Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature reserve located in Picton, Marlborough. A community led project; this safe haven is protected by a predator-proof fence which keeps out introduced predators such as stoats, possums, cats and rats. The charity...more
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Picton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 February 2019

Came out while our cruise ship was docked in town, the reserve is free, but the water taxi will cost about $60 NZD return trip. Definitely keep your binoculars handy and keep quiet, as there are no feeding stations, but the birds will definitely be...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 26 January 2019

We walked up the hill looking for some of the birds on the island. We heard several but only saw one. The penguins will never be visible as they are only on land at night.More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank eaglecadd
RachelR3671, Project Coordinator at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2019

Hi eaglecadd, We are sorry to hear that you found the Sanctuary boring. Sometimes it can take a little patience to see New Zealand birds in the wild. We believe that we have a great place at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary and this is thanks to...More

Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

Two adults and two kids (9-11). One sick adult and one sick kid, we all managed the walk, at various speeds. It's just the conservation area with a toilet and tap. There are parts that are quite sunny, so on our 32 degree (c) it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank calari
Reviewed 14 April 2018

We had a three-hour tour of Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary after our arrival on the ferry from Wellington. Our guide, Gerald, met us at our boat launch in Picton and showed us all around the peninsula. I had requested a guide about a month before our...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Rachel R, Project Coordinator at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Great to hear that you enjoyed the visit to Kaipupu, Gerald is definitely a great guide.

Reviewed 3 March 2018

We so enjoyed our time at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary. Our guides were super enthusiastic and went out of their way to make sure we had a great visit.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank liveoak33
Reviewed 21 November 2017

It took us around 90 minutes to walk round the well signed and informed trail in Kaipupu Point Sanctuary. We spotted a number of rare birds including the ridiculously large NZ Wood Pigeon - what a treat! The work being done to protect these endangered...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank BillY315
Rachel R, Manager at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2017

Thank you for visiting Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip. We certainly have some very well fed Kereru (Woodpigeon) out there at the moment!

Reviewed 1 October 2017

Visited courtesy of E-Ko tours on their 2 hour taster trip. Great short intro on easy well formed tracks with interpretation panels and nice views to the sound - worth getting a guide if you are new to NZ to get the most out of...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank karenandtim
Management response:Responded 3 October 2017

Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, it was a beautiful day to be out there. If you want to learn more about us we have a shop in Mariners Mall with informative displays, some unique merchandise and more.

Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Only a ten minute boat ride from Picton. Gorgeous walk and views. You can really see what New Zealand is like without all those pesky furry pests. Lots of rare birds and Hector's dolphins playing in the bay. Had to shoo a seal off the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank KiwiAm65
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

This is a predator free wildlife sanctuary on a point of land next to the Picton Harbor. It can be reached by water taxi ( I used the Cougar line). Go early and you will see lots of birds- fan tails, yellow eyes, pigeons, etc....More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

A local group of enthusiastic volunteers has taken the dream of having a predator free sanctuary to the stage were rare native birds are being re introduced. Rats, mice, possums, stoats and weasels were introduced to NZ over the last 2 - 300 years and...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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Krystyna T
26 January 2018|
Response from RachelR3671 | Property representative |
Kiwi are nocturnal so it is unlikely that you will see them during the day at Kaipupu. Your best bet to see kiwi during the day is to visit a nocturnal house (Orana Park in Christchurch) or you could visit the West Coast... More