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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 #34 of 913 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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rosario, argentina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We did the Over the mountain walk, started on the northern entrance. It took us 5 hours and we did the old paths. The hike was nice with lots of trees and bush but the views weren't that nice on top of the mounts. It's not a waste of time but it's definitely not a must when visiting NZ.

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

This ecological island is amazing. I find I could go here more than once and I will experience and see and here something different each time. I really enjoy being under the tall canopy inside a predator free fence. I love listening to the bird song at different times of the day.

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

A great ecological gem that is not to be missed. An old forest with high canopy, a save heaven for some of New Zealand's endangered and lots of other native birds. The tracks are well maintained, there are options for a short round trip with the young or a longer one for the fitter ones, a few feeder stations provide... More

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Cambridge, NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Maungatautari is more than living up to its vision of being a world class eco sanctuary. We spent 2 hours in the tuatara sanctuary area recently where we were not only wooed by these prehistoric creatures, but also takahe and a bonus saddleback scurrying around in the undergrowth beside us. If that wasn't enough we were blown away by the... More

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We walked the tracks without a guide and enjoyed the peace and stillness lightened only by the song of birds. The treetop canopy tower was impressive. The trees themselves are very beautiful especially the giant tree ferns. One is left to wonder at the beauty of Aotearoa before man and woman set foot on it.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I worked on a dairy farm just a couple kilometres down the road and saw the fenceline pretty much every day. Today I decided to check it out and I have to say: It's absolutely stunning! The Staff is very friendly and will tell you everything you need to know about the tracks, wildlife, story behind the project and its... More

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Hamilton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This was our third visit to the mountain, and the best yet! We had a delicious dinner at Out in the Styx and then spent three hours having a guided night walk through the sanctuary with the very knowledgeable Phil Brown as our guide. We saw tuatara, glow worms, wetas, and a host of other night-life before sleeping like logs... More

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This nature sanctuary is only an hour away from Hobbiton. The native vegetation and birds are flourishing inside a huge predator-proof enclosure, and the guided tours help you to get the most out of your visit. Try to go on a day when they feed the parrots, it is a delightful experience to help out with that. We scheduled a... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Impressive to see the huge efforts put in by so many volunteers and landowners to try and bring back a slice of NZ he way it was pre-human intervention. Justine our guide for the tour was knowledgeable and entertaining. Then we enjoyed a few hours walking to the middle of the sanctuary and back. The regenerating bush is thick. Wish... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This is an outstanding facility. My wife and I and our 2 year old son loved it! An extraordinary job has been done to build the 47km pest proof fence (the world's longest) to allow native species to thrive on this mountain reserve. There is a facility fee of $NZ15 ($US12, 9 Euro) per adult which is not compulsory but... More

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