Glenfern Sanctuary – New Zealand’s hidden and magical world of nature at its best
A nature lovers’ paradise, the Glenfern Sanctuary is home to native New Zealand wildlife that is very rare and unique, and is a popular tourist destination in Auckland. This lush green world is found on Great Barrier Island on the Kotuku Peninsula, and is a safe haven where many endangered and rare native species can be found. Much hard work carried on over years have gone into the creation of this eco system that is based on reforesting the area with rare native plant life and the eradication of pests such as rabbits and cats that oppose it. A trip to the place makes for a great day of relaxing family fun that can be both educational and entertaining.
Upon visiting the Glenfern Sanctuary, you will be transported in to another world where lush greenery and exotic bird life blends in to create a peaceful coexistence. The site contains over 9,000 trees, whilst rare bird species such as the brown teal, chevron skink, black petrel and kaka can be found. Much of the attractions to be viewed and experienced during your visit can be accomplished by taking a sanctuary guided walk.
The exciting sanctuary guided walk begins by taking a ride up Sunset Hill in an all terrain army vehicle. From the top of the hill you are able to take in the amazing view of the 60 acre sanctuary. A trail starts off from here which leads you along the top of the ridge and then branches off to the Kauri Tree Walk. Along the walk, you can enjoy the beauty of native plants and explore a mature lowland forest that has many unique plants and trees. The best part of the walk is still ahead where a suspension bridge leads you to the crown of a 600 year old Kauri tree. A platform accessible by ladder can be ascended to gain an amazing view of the Port FitzRoy.
As you make your way back down the valley, rare birds that exist only in this part world like the black petrel seabird can be seen in its nest. Lush trees that include old nikau, taraire and kohekohe trees can also been seen in their habitat, whilst there is a unique old puriri tree that has a face like image in its trunk. The walk back to the starting point continues to be exciting as you take in the charm of Mother Nature and head back to the starting point by crossing several bridges over a stream.
Tourists looking for elegant and modern accommodation should certainly book themselves into one of the luxurious Auckland hotels
on offer. A well known and popular choice of stay is the Langham Hotel Auckland
. This hotel makes for a great base from which to explore Auckland and its surrounding beauty.