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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Address: 99 Tari Road | Pukeatua, New Zealand (Formerly Maungatautari Ecological Island)
Phone Number: +64 7-870 5180
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Ranked #31 of 1,206 things to do in North Island
Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island surrounded by the world's longest...
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Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island surrounded by the world's longest pest-proof fence. It's located between Matamata and Waitomo in the North Island of New Zealand. At Sanctuary Mountain you can experience New Zealand the way it used to be - an ancient, vibrant pest-free forest alive with native wildlife such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats and insects. Step through the pest-proof gate into another world where ancient New Zealand forest towers majestically above well maintained walking tracks and the air is filled with birdsong.
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Bellevue, WA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We didn't do any of the guided tours, but the information provided by the visitors center plus the great signs inside the sanctuary made it easy. We could have spent all day wandering the trails. Make sure you visit the tower, where you can climb the stairs to the canopy layer and get really close to the birds. Well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a very interesting afternoon at maungatautari, doing the guided wet lands walk. On the way to the wetlands area the guide found out about the 6 people in our group and the tailored the tour to fit our needs, very well done. Seeing tuatara so close up was a real thrill. Would really recommend this guided tour to anyone... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We had a fabulous night tour of the sanctuary. Our guide was Philip who has been involved with the project since the beginning. He had so much information to share with us. We started out at about 9:00 p.m. We had torches to light our way along the path. We saw different kinds of spiders and wetas. The glow worms... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We just had the most amazing experience at Maungatautari. A short 59 minute drive from Hamilton takes you to the foot of Maungatautari and the predator proof fence that protects this magical area. We decided to take the guided tour and were really pleased we did. Daniel was our guide and he soon made us feel like old friends in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Three of us were fully engaged as we spent the morning with Daniel learning about the plants, birds, and insects of Maungatautari on the 10:30 am tour. The reserve is an amazing work in progress--clearly the work of multiple, highly committed people who are determined to preserve and restore important wildlife and plants of New Zealand. I left feeling great... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

we did the southern enclosure, it was amazing, saw many birds , the work that has gone into this reserve is just incredible.we will return to visit the entire park.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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78 reviews 78 reviews
17 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

New Zealand harbours the problem that man-introduced pests (such as rats and stoats) have decimated the native wildlife over time. This environmental project represents a huge pest-free environment where native bird and lizard species have a chance of survival. It is in a beautiful location not far from the Main Highway 1 to the south of Hamilton. Roaming the tracks... More 

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Sanctuary Mountain is an area of mountain protected by a pest proof fence to encourage the flourishing of indigenous fauna and flora. We visited the southern enclosure with a very knowledgeable guide and spent a fascinating morning walking through it, learning about NZ wildlife past and present. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Great job on developing this beautiful area where you can feel the peace and serenity as you walk through the native bush and hear and see the local birdlife. The tracks need a moderate level of fitness although there are lots of places you can sit and rest so that most walking people should manage it. We were there on... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Big old trees, wonderful bird life. We did a guided tour with Daniel which was great bout an hour and a half. This is an amazing forest to visit with plent of walks for all levels of fitness - and footwear. The staff are enthusiastic knowledgable and friendly.

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