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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

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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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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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Beautiful Birdsong

We visited the Southern Enclosure during the school holidays, with 3 children (ages 8, 6 and 4). They had a great deal on which meant all school children were free. The lady at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Hamilton, New Zealand

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

We visited the Southern Enclosure during the school holidays, with 3 children (ages 8, 6 and 4). They had a great deal on which meant all school children were free. The lady at the information desk was lovely - really informative and friendly. We easily walked the Rata Track with the kids, taking in the canopy viewing tower. For our... More 

Thank JulieONZ
Mornington Peninsula, Australia
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

My My wife and I recently walked the Rata track in the southern enclosure which took us just under an hour and a half. We saw lots of Kaka, two Tui and many types of mushrooms during our walk. It's the first forest in New Zealand that we've heard almost constant bird chatter. I don't think we would have stopped... More 

Thank Daniel C
Taupo, New Zealand
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53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We visited the Southern Enclosure of this environmentally friendly pest free sanctuary. We were in two minds about going because the weather was not good, however in amongst the trees we kept dry. We are not ultra fit by any means, both seniors but we did the Rata track which is the longest. Yes, it is a bit up and... More 

1 Thank Adrienne N
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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a pretty place to visit. The walking is very up and down hill, so if that is an issue for you I would not recommend this place. A note- the observation tower is in the middle of the forest. I thought it would be closer to the edge so you could see the valley. That is not the... More 

1 Thank aknuts
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Sanctuary Mountain is an incredible place to visit. Although a little off the beaten track - the drive is well rewarded as you pass through heartland Waikato to arrive at this true gem. We visited the Southern Enclosure in the middle of winter. While we were unable to have a guided experience, the incredible bush, well maintained paths, excellent interpretive... More 

1 Thank Keri girl P
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A stunning location and a terrific experience. Probably best for the fairly fit and energetic, though. Our very pleasant, informative guide took us along the paths through the forest and kept us entertained and safe throughout. We took a fairly short route (tour lasted approx. 2 hours), but saw and learned a lot. We were left with the impression that... More 

Thank Robert E
New Zealand
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318 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

They're doing great work here in providing a predator free area for native birds and Tuatara and we were pleased to be able to visit and support their work

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We walked the Over the Mountain route in 6 hrs, in the rain. Not for the faint hearted, with steep drops and tree roots/stumps to contend with. It was, however, some of the most beautiful bush I have seen in the world. The vermin fence around the entire perimeter allows for prolific fungi - bright blue even - and a... More 

1 Thank alijen65
Lima, Peru
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

A wonderful five kilometer walk through the forest the way New Zealand used to be. Many birds to see and or hear, fantastic viewing tower with good explanatory signage throughout.

Thank Edna S
Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This trip was a gift for us from my sister and brother in law who shared the day with us. Wonderful company and a brilliant guide who shared so much of his knowledge. The trees were amazing and we learnt so much about them because it was a guided tour. We heard a variety of lovely bird sounds, After the... More 

Thank Lorna D

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