Imagine a place where native plants and animals thrive without threat from introduced pests, alive with birsong, where rare species such as kiwi, tuatara and kakapo roam freely.
That's THE MYSTERY as you tread a circuit inside The Brook Waimarama (Clear Waters) Sanctuary close to Nelson's CBD.
But first, THE HISTORY and THE SCENERY
The day begins as you head up Nelson's 1862 'railtrail' which began as New Zealand's first railway, albeit horse drawn, transporting the chromite and copper spoils from the Dun Mountain Mineral Belt before closing in 1866 due to unfavourable returns.
Will it be favourable for you on June 25th?
Those in the Short course (approx 13kms total) then head into the Sanctuary at 4 Corners for their breathtaking circuit.
The Long course (approx 23kms total) trailrunners ascend Fringed Hill (793m) pausing occasionally to view the panoramic picture postcard of Nelson City and Tasman Bay way below.