Koru Native Wildlife Centre


Based in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, we specialise in breeding and housing some of New Zealand’s more uncommonly found and threatened native species. At this stage we hold Yellow Crowned Käkäriki, Giant Weta and Marlborough Green geckos.

We welcome visitors to Koru Native Wildlife Centre to meet and learn about our resident native species.
Join us on our personal guided tour through Koru Native Wildlife Centre’s specially built enclosures to learn fascinating facts about our native animals, and the efforts to restore their natural habitats.

Your hosts, Brian and Ellen Plaisier, have more than 20 years of experience in restoring native habitat, and more recently in native animal husbandry.
We are passionate about New Zealand’s incredible biodiversity and will provide a genuine, personal insight to the efforts being made to restore our stunning natural environment.

For the past 20 years, the Plaisiers have restored 80 hectares of land in the Marlborough Sounds, called Tui Nature Reserve and Sealife Trust, into a wildlife sanctuary. At Koru Native Wildlife Centre, we will draw on our experiences and provide visitors with exclusive personal footage of our journey.

- Up close with some New Zealand wild species that are bred for release
- Based in Linkwater (20 min. drive from Havelock, 30 min. from Picton)
- Bookings essential, tour takes about an hour
- Tour runs usually twice a day, at 9.30am and 16.00pm (times may vary)

Map & Directions

Queen Charlotte Drive

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