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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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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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Stunning Eco Project - Wonderful Experience

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 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 

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Lima, Peru
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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.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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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 

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Hamilton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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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