This was the highlight of our trip along the north coast of South Island and what an amazing way to see the sounds. We were met by Brian and his daughter at the quay and taken on a beautiful boat trip through outer Pelorus sound out to the reserve, stopping to see shags, penguins, gannets and seals on the way. On arrival, we had a lovely lunch with Brian and Ellen and learnt about their 20 year long project that is the nature reserve. Brian then took us on a great tour of the reserve which had beautiful bushland, birdlife and views. He shared many stories of the joys and challenges of their project. We then relaxed in 'Tui Haven' a sweet cottage with enchanting views of the sounds and warming wood burner.
The whole experience from the moment we were collected from Elaine Bay to our return there twenty four hours later was splendid.We stayed in the Ecolodges and enjoyed great views`over the Sounds. We were well catered for and had a really inspiring guided tour of the reserve with Bryan and were taken out afterdark by Leoana and Liam to see the wetas and other nocturnal creatures.
All in all thoughly enjoyable and memorable experience.
A wonderful experience. We travelled with 2 friends from Canada - a mother and her 15 year old son. They proclaim it was their favourite spot in NZ. The company of Ellen, Brian and their children added to the beauty of the Tui Nature Reserve and the tranquility of our experience. Thank you.
It was SO beautiful and it was SO quiet. I had the best sleep I'd had in years! We were very impressed with the tremendous work that the family have done here to help preserve NZ's natural beauty and wildlife. Next time we would like to come for a week as volunteers and support their terrific work. Just think - a week of perfect peaceful sleeps! Ahh......
We stayed at the Tui Nature Reserve in June 2010 on the overnight tour. It was a most unique experience and one that we would highly recommend. Although nowadays I find the word 'extraordinary' a bit overused, I can't really find another word to describe this family's quest over the last 15 years or so.
Our two-night stay in one of the delightful Tui eco-cabins, and tour of the reserve with Brian exceeded all expectations. The view of the Sounds from the cabin is phenomenal! We will never forget the sights, sounds and scents of the regenerating bush. By visiting Tui we have learnt so much more about the approaches being taken to rid NZ of alien species such as possums, rats and pigs that are causing enormous damage to its unique yet fragile ecosystem. The Plaisir’s dedication to this remote peninsula, their approach to conservation, and their successes are quite remarkable. Go and visit!
One man's dream made real recovering a peninsular and returning it back to native flora and fauna. Go visit AND help him out!!!
Brian and his son toke us on a wonderful trip through the sound, gave us interesting information about the animals we were able to spot. We brought a visit to the island where he lives with his family. We had a nice chat with Ellen about the way they live their life over there. They show so much love and involvement with nature, it was heartwarming.
Brian toke me for a walk through the forest and showed me things he had been able to change so that now several species of birds are returning there.
It was a worthwhile visit for us and we haertly recommand this trip to anyone who travels in the area of Havelock-Nelson!!!
Keep the good thing going Brian and Ellen.
I stayed for 2 nights at Tui Nature Reserve. Although the weather was not that good, I really enjoyed my stay here. The eco-cabin was great, with such excellent views. Brian and Ellen are excellent hosts, and I loved dining with them and the children. If you are looking for an eco-friendly getaway in a very relaxed atmosphere, this is your place to be.
For all you outdoor people!! If you love the outdoors, nature, adventure, stunning views then you have to visit the Tui Nature Reserve. You will be welcomed by a very helpful and friendly gast family who defenitley made our holiday one to remember. You have the option to stay at the reserve (NO supermarkets here!!) or just to do the eco tour for the day. Not to be missed !!! Cheers