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About Glenfern Sanctuary

Glenfern Sanctuary is a predator controlled regenerating forest, where threatened and endangered species are able to thrive once more. Come visit this regional park and see for yourself! For detailed information about Glenfern Sanctuary, and to book a relaxing stay in one of the two houses click here.


Park information

Summer pedestrian access hours:
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Daylight savings)
Winter pedestrian access hours:
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Non daylight savings)
Summer gate opening hours:
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Daylight savings)
Winter gate opening hours:
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Non daylight savings)
Distance from CBD: 90 km
Access issues:

 

 


Dog walking is prohibited


How to get to Glenfern Sanctuary

Glenfern Sanctuary is on Great Barrier Island. Access is by air (half-hour flight), ferry or boat.

Vehicle access is available for accommodation and booked activities only.

 

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Park facilities

Beaches
Beaches

The nearest beach is within the peninsula sanctuary at Kotuku Scenic Reserve, and is accessible by boat or kayak. Follow the coast along the western shore until you come to a small sandy beach (at low tide). Allow an hour to paddle there. No dogs permitted.

Boat ramp
Boat ramp

There is no boatramp at Glenfern. There is water access to the Sanctuary and boats can be launched from Port Fitzroy wharf (10 minutes walk, 5 minutes drive). Visitors can secure their tenders, kayaks etc at the wharf/jetty and accommodation guests can request use of the private mooring. Please keep the pontoon free of vessels.

Cellphone coverage
Cellphone coverage

Coverage for Vodafone is generally good. Reception is best near the houses.

Interpretation
Interpretation

The Information Centre located behind Fitzroy House provides a series of interpretive panels about the cultural and natural history of Glenfern. Along Glenfern Walk other panels provide further information specific to the walk. An "explorer activity sheet" is available for children aged 7-12 years.

Limited mobility parking
Limited mobility parking

One limited mobility carpark is available near the entrance to the Information Centre; otherwise parking is at the main entrance gate.

Mobility access (partial)
Mobility access (partial)

There is access via a farm-track to the pateke pond. A steeper farm track accesses a quad track (the first half of Glenfern Walk). Beyond this Glenfern Walk includes numerous steep steps and a narrow boardwalk.

Native bush
Native bush

Glenfern boasts some stunning areas of remnant and restored native forest with both mature and young trees such as kauri, puriri, totara and pohutukawa among many others.

Parking
Parking

The designated carpark for day visitors is the grassed area immediately outside the main gate. DO NOT park across the ford on the concrete platform - this is for the rescue helicopter.

Potable water
Potable water

Potable water is available within the Sanctuary.

Pram access
Pram access

Pram and mountain buggy access is possible along the main entranceway, to the pateke pond and to/from the wharf/jetty area (with care). Mountain buggy access is possible from the pateke pond up to and along the quad track section, but beyond this there are numerous steps and narrow boardwalks.

Ranger office
Ranger office

Located east of Fitzroy House, above the main driveway, the first house on your right if entering via the vehicle entry; or the house furthest on your right if entering from the wharf/jetty. This is the ranger's residence - please refrain from disturbing except in an emergency.

Unsealed access road
Unsealed access road

Glenfern Road (600m) is narrow, unsealed and includes a hair-pin bend and a ford / stream crossing. Please drive with care.

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