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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 #26 of 933 Attractions in North Island
Type: Islands
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... more » 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. « less
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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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Cambridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We live about 40 minutes away and at one time this was a regular walk for us. This is our first visit since they started charging an admission fee. The walks are up and down hill but the walking surface is even. We saw native pigeons and kaka, visited the viewing tower and clearing. Unfortunately on the day we went... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Beautiful forests and great views of New Zealand's threatened native birds.The staff are incredibly friendly.

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Maroochydore, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I squeezed a last minute visit to the sanctuary on the last day of my visit to the area. What an incredible setup, the predictor exclusion fencing, the head quarters with facilities and I believe overnight accommodation. Guided tours to encompass bird life, the bush and the Tuatara enclosure. Currently the bird personality of New Zealand,Sirrocco,mother endangered species Kakapo is... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We went to see Sirocco the kakapo at Maungatautari. Simply unforgettable, once in a lifetime. He is an amazing and charming bird! The whole experience was very well set up with an introductory talk and walk that was very informative but also pulled in the kids in the group and had them asking questions and very enthusiastic. Lots of time... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Simple nature trail in complex Jurassic park enclosure. Bird life very quiet but we were there at 4.00 on a winters evening, so maybe shouldn't have expected much. Straightforward walking , easy paths with signed notices on tree and natural life, and wished we'd managed to get the interpretive guide, but quite happy to wander any woodland on my own.

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