We have the most fond memories of our stay with you (Tui Nature Reserve), moreover it was just wonderful to meet you all and to listen to you tell us about your fascinating life on your beautiful "mainland island". Thank you for all your time, walks, night walks etc. We so much enjoyed your company! We were also immensely impressed with what you have achieved so far with your land and with your passionate drive to resuscitate this magnificent piece of Marlborough Sounds.
A. Campbell, Auckland - March 2011
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.
C. T. , Australia - 22 June 2010
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!
Kate and Alasdair Gordon-Rogers Duffus, Scotland - April 2010
Article written by Grant Shimmin for the Timaru Herald:
Conservation is a word that is very much part of the New Zealand vocabulary and psyche. Our natural environment is precious to most of us and is a tourist attraction that sits comfortably alongside the best on the planet. But there aren't many people who feel strongly enough to walk away from their old lives to dedicate themselves to ensuring at least something of that environment remains for future generations. That is conservation at the coalface, in the raw, and it is what Brian and Ellen Plaisier have committed themselves to for the last 15 years.
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