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Great Barrier Island

Glenfern Sanctuary

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This is well worth a visit! A man with foresight on bringing back native birds had overseen a... read more

Reviewed February 28, 2019
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Magical weekend at Glenfern Sanctuary

A totally magical weekend with friends at Glenfern Sanctuary. We stayed in the historic Fitzroy... read more

Reviewed February 9, 2019
Wellington, New Zealand
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20 Glenfern Road | Port Fitzroy, Auckland, Great Barrier Island 2014, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 28, 2019 via mobile

This is well worth a visit! A man with foresight on bringing back native birds had overseen a planting of native bush interspersed with a trail system. A section of the track has signage naming the various native trees. View the valley and subtropical bush...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

A totally magical weekend with friends at Glenfern Sanctuary. We stayed in the historic Fitzroy House conveniently located inside the sanctuary. Loved the view from sunset rock, the amazing swing bridge that takes you out into the tree canopy of a giant kauri tree, and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 1, 2019

At first I thought this was just another tourist location but as soon us we entered it was amazing. The walk is beautiful ,very well laid out and the views from Sun Set Rock are unbelievable ,you can see right up the coast and the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kim H
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Easy to find with adequate car parking out front. Beautiful walk crisscrossing a small stream as you climb up the the ridge for a fabulous outlook. Native trees throughout with plaques to indicate species. Bring your lunch as there are no facilities at the Glenfern...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GDCT42
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Been into the sanctury quite a few times usually staying at Orama and the OPC and the Hillary outdoors centre/Cristian centre. Go and explore and see what nature is like. If you walk the perimeter you will need to use the rope to help pull...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Good sanctuary with a lot of walks available. Good information at the info centre as to to what their ethos is. Nice pathways and trees. Only (minor) complaint was that a few more signs need to be erected - like car parking area(s), perhaps bit...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited Glenfern with two friends and we loved it. We walked over from Port Fitzroy and then did the walk in reverse because one of our party battles to climb up stairs. It is a fairly steep walk up a road...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank DMThorn
Reviewed March 4, 2018

This sanctuary is a must visit when on the Barrier. You have to drive to the end of the road at Port Fitzroy, but it is definitely worth the drive. The sanctuary is set in immaculate grounds, and the old homestead looks magnificent set on...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed February 22, 2018

Chris and Sarah do a fantastic job of running this sanctuary. Chris met us at the sanctuary’s own wharf as we arrivd as part of a tour group by boat. We had an informative presentation before being driven up Sunset Rock to take in the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2017

This is a great little hidden gem of a place. Take the time top walk up the hill and explore the native bush. The highlight for us was the opportunity to get up in the canopy of a Kauri tree.

Date of experience: December 2017
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