Point Bush Ecosanctuary is a unique haven
A conservation project to allow our native birdlife and flora to flourish in South Canterbury, New Zealand. The 90-hectare forest is home to wild kererū, pīwakawaka, tūī and kārearea, who are now frequently seen at Point Bush as native forest has been protected and enhanced over the past 30 years.
Our vision for the future is to create a predator-proof fenced Ecosanctuary, with a goal of securing the area for more native bird species to make their home here and to regenerate more of the land into native forest. Point Bush Ecosanctuary is a community trust, with free public access at all times throughout the year.
When you visit you can make use of our extensive public walking and mountain biking trails. We are a non-profit and all donations and proceeds go directly back into our conservation projects!
Please make sure to adhere to all signage and instructions when you visit - No Dogs.
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As the Ecosanctuary grows and matures, plans include elimination of pest predators
and wallaby to facilitate eventual introduction of SI Robin and Tieke native bird species.
Use of devised technology/Aps to monitor trapping and bio-diversity data
* WIFI network coverage of the Ecosanctuary
* Development of Ecosanctuary Ap featuring map/tracks/native flora & fauna
* Bio/blitz data base development
* Establishment of Biodiversity Educational Hub/Forest School area
* Informational & Educational Signage of native flora & fauna species
* Ecosanctuary track map/Ap
* Traps/bait/trail cameras
* Track maintenance tools/equipment/herbicides/fence maintenance
* Community events/ workshops/talks/trap training
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HOW TO GET HERE
We’re on Point Bush Road in the foothills above Waimate, South Canterbury - the lower part of the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.
We’re 50kms north of Oamaru and 45kms south of Timaru.
It’s about 2 hours to drive north from Dunedin, about 2.5 hours heading south from Christchurch, or a little less than an hour from Kurow.