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Address: 99 Tari Road | Pukeatua, New Zealand (Formerly Maungatautari Ecological Island)
Phone Number: +64 7-870 5180
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Description: Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island...
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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Great bush walking and native birds.

What a fantastic place to visit. We have taken 2 sets of friends there and they were very impressed with the situation and setting. Very friendly staff too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

What a fantastic place to visit. We have taken 2 sets of friends there and they were very impressed with the situation and setting. Very friendly staff too.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We go to Maungatautari whenever we are near. There are walks for all ages and inclinations. We always choose the least traveled and are rewarded with bird song and sightings. There are big native trees of a number of species including rata and rimu, abundant native birds including tui, bellbirds, NI robin, kaka, and now saddlebacks. We saw a group... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

If you'd like to refresh your knowledge about Aotearoa NZ native forests, this is a very cool way of doing it. The trees and other plants are impressive (particularly the several species of tree ferns). The labelling is clear and thorough. The emphasis about ecosystems and long-term forest health is very timely: for example, the Kereru is a keystone species,... More 

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Bellevue, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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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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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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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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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