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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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Guided walk recommended

We had a wonderful guided walk this morning in this beautiful sanctuary. We were up close with Kaka, Tui and wood pigeon. What a wonderful Waikato asset. Embarrassed to say today... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Hamilton
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Hamilton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful guided walk this morning in this beautiful sanctuary. We were up close with Kaka, Tui and wood pigeon. What a wonderful Waikato asset. Embarrassed to say today was my first visit. Will be back for sure.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

What a lovely afternoon we had walking around this enclosure. We heard lots of birds and saw many close up. I would like to revisit to do all the walks. Could spend the day there if you love bush walks and spotting birds

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We were staying at Out in the Styx to do some cycling and couldn't pass on the opportunity to visit the sanctuary. We spent a lovely couple of hours wandering the tracks in the Southern Enclosure and revelling in the birdlife that is beginning to inhabit the sanctuary. We encountered many - hihi, robins, kaka, piwakawaka, tomtits and much more.... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Our recent visit to Sanctuary Mountain was a highlight of our two month visit to New Zealand. The endeavors of this group to reconstruct New Zealand as it was before the introduction of pests is outstanding. Our hike through the Southern Enclosure was the best experience we have had among the vegetation and birds of the country. Birds were singing... More 

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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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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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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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