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'No one will protect what they don't care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced'

Sir David Attenborough | Naturalist



The Trust is developing the infrastructure to support an increasing range of ecotourism activities within the Reserve,  including bush walking, kiwi spotting, medicinal and edible plant walks, and the opportunity to encounter some of our special residents such as the fernbird and tokoeka.  

Kiwi Spotting

We're pleased to announce that Ulva's Guided Walks are now operating guided kiwi-spotting within the Reserve.

To make a booking, please contact them directly here

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“Nature’s Pantry” Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk

We're pleased to announce that Beaks & Feathers are now operating a "Nature's Pantry" guided walk within the Reserve, during which visitors are introduced to the many medicinal and edible plants that can be encountered within the Reserve. 

To make a booking, please contact them directly here


The former Forestry Service education centre on the Reserve was a much enjoyed camp base for school groups from around the South Island between the 1970’s and 1990’s.

In April 2018 we welcomed back the first school visitors since 2000, with two groups of year 6 children from Queenstown Primary School overnighting on the Reserve. Queenstown Primary returned in March 2019, this time basing themselves at Mamaku Point for a full two weeks.

The main lodge building currently sleeps up to 9 adults, and over the course of 2019 the Trust aims to add a further 29 beds, for a total of 38 beds.

The Trust is now welcoming enquiries from schools interested in visiting the Reserve or using Mamaku Point as a base for school camps.


The Trust welcomes academics and researchers to make use of the Reserve for the study of its ecology and biosecurity strategies.

After recent renovations,  the camp now provides comfortable accommodation for up to 10 people and researchers are welcome to make use of these facilities while working on the Reserve.