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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 #8 of 878 Attractions 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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Barcelona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Can't believe I've never been here before! What an amazing place. We walked around the rata (3km) and rimu (2.8km) tracks in the Southern Enclosure which was a highlight. The rata track had huge native trees and a lot of bird life. We went up the tower and could hear kaka talking/screeching amongst the trees to each other. Loved being... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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331 helpful votes 331 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This lovely nature preserve boasts trees and greenery that were here long before humans. Its 47km/29mi pest-proof fence keeps the habitat pristine and native. I compared a kiwi egg to an extinct Moa's (which stood 3m high), climbed to the top of the lookout and saw...trees, silver ferns, more trees...and birds. People pay to hike through and around here, it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit to the sanctuary: pristine forests, endemic birds and state of the art conservation methods. A must see for everybody who visits/lives on the North Island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

A wonderful, yet not very well known, attraction, this reserve is New Zealand's largest conservation project. This is truly an amazing example of New Zealand's' natural beauty, with the added bonus of being one of a few successful conservation efforts by being completely pest free. With this success, walking through this area which has started to demonstrate significant rejuvenation you... More 

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Vancouver
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Our guided tour through the Southern Enclosure was incredible value - the enthusiasm and knowledge of our guide quadrupled the quality of the experience. Understanding the mechanism of creating an island sanctuary in the middle of millions of possums, stoats, mice and weasels (to name a few of the animals brought into New Zealand over the past 100 years) made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I've just visited and recommend it to anyone interested in nature and wildlife. You're able to see some pretty rare New Zealand birds and a whole lot of local trees and ferns.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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85 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The work of dedicated volunteers has resulted in a wonderful and accessible place for all to see NZ's unique birdlife - not just on the offshore islands, but in this special "mainland island". I love the treetops tower. Well worht spending a couple of hours and linking the Rata & Rimu tracks. The cost of entry to the main sanctuary... More 

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Bryant, Arkansas
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Sanctuary Mountain is a beautiful spot to experience "earth" before human interference. It is a great place to see birds. The employees are mostly volunteers that LOVE this place. It is a pleasure from start to finish. One of the most beautiful places my old eyes have ever seen.

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Københa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Stumbled over this gem by accident and it became one of the highlights on my two months in New Zealand. I had a lot of fun doing the Over the mountains rough tramping track which is one of my favorite half day hikes in the country. Hiking in the middle of this amazing protected forest had a very special feeling... More 

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Shanghai, China
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My partner and I got a privilege to visit the Maungatautari Sanctuary together with two longserving founding members who gave us a brilliant and intriguing tour of the sanctuary. It is an incredible effort that they and their colleagues have put in saving nearly extinct populations of native birds. The sanctuary itself is beautiful with lush vegetation, huge trees and... More 

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