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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

99 Tari Road | Pukeatua, New Zealand (Formerly Maungatautari Ecological Island)
+64 7-870 5180
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Ranked #19 of 955 Attractions in North Island
Type: Islands, Outdoors
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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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Only 2.5 hours from Auckland easy driving through beautiful Waikato farmland. I have travelled throughout NZ and overseas but never knew about this hidden gem. We took a guided tour with Jeff and think this informative 1.5 hours guided tour is real value for money. Jeff was very knowledgeable and friendly, the walk is easy going, with Jeff pointing out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

To help protect New Zealand's unique forest and bird life this Sanctuary has been created by putting a pest proof fence right around the base of Maungatautari Mountain (also now called Sanctuary Mountain). Here you can walk from one side and over the top and down to the other in around 5 hours at an easy pace stopping to eat... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

This reserve is a must visit if you are in the Hamilton area. It is a unique opportunity to experience the pristine New Zealand bush as it was before human inhabitation. Thoughtful planning and careful execution make this a very special place.

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Hobart, Australia
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is a fabulous place that is preserving native flora and fauna. The tracks are well marked and the area with the lookout and nearby site where birds can get a feed had several species there at close range.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Visited as part of an organised group. Amazing tour by Geoff who was full of knowledge and enthusiasm. The regenerating forest and birds are incredible. What a great national treasure.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Took a guided tour last weekend, led by Geoff. He is very well informed and enthusiastic - and there are so many reasons why he should be! Regeneration is happening steadily in this fully mammalian pest-fenced reserve that contains many beautiful ancient trees - the reserve has never been logged. Bird and plant life is recovering everywhere, and rare birds... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Although we didn't have the most pleasant weather on the day, we had a great time in this spectacular forest. We chose to do only a short walk as it was a very wet day. The tracks are well maintained & well sign posted. The look out tower is fantastic and the bird identification area at the clearing was helpful.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Our guide for our Ancient Forest guided walk was Geoff. He was intimately knowledgeable about this awesome project, the biggest of its kind in the world. We totally enjoyed our walk through this beautiful forest with someone so thoughtful and in tune with the natural treasures within Maungatautari. Little birds we saw included Tomtit, Hi Hi, Black Robin, and Kaka... More

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Maungatautari, Public Relations Manager at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you so much for your review and for all the information which will be a great help to those considering a visit to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Thanks also for coming to visit us and for spending so much time here. We're glad you were able to fully experience all we have to offer on the maunga! We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Thoroughly impressed by the level of compassion and knowledge shown by the guides on this particular trip. My guide accompanied me through the beautiful and ancient forest of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari where he informed me of the ingenious techniques the sanctuary used to preserve the local wildlife. Not only did he allow me to enjoy the company of numerous birds,... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Visited here for a tramp in the afternoon before meeting Sirocco in the evening. This sanctuary is just heaven! The native forest is stunning (and quite unique in terms of being "old" forest, not replanted forest) and the birdlife here is amazing! The sanctuary is alive with birdsong and there's a wide variety of walks to suit all ability levels.... More

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