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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

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Address: 99 Tari Road | Pukeatua, New Zealand (Formerly Maungatautari Ecological Island)
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+64 7-870 5180

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island surrounded...

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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12,000 acres of mountain enclosed within protective fencing to keep out the rats, mice, possums and other pests that kill off native birds and plants. This is a real-world... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

12,000 acres of mountain enclosed within protective fencing to keep out the rats, mice, possums and other pests that kill off native birds and plants. This is a real-world Jurassic Park of sorts, where the trees and birds are slowly recovering and you can roam amidst the sounds and smells of a forest that is richly alive. The tour of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a beautiful example of our native bush pre rodent infestation..... makes you realise just how pristine this country was before the rat / stoat / cat invaded. Easy walks and lots of birdsong..... we didn't do the guided tour but might do so next time. Extremely interesting history to this Maunga and its fencing..... I think it would make... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our walk in the southern enclosure, the paths are so well maintained and sign posted, we did all the tracks. Walking along the quiet path, smell the air of the forest, what a great way to relax and clear the mind. Sometimes when stopped walking, we were greeted by Robins coming close to us. Sitting near the viewing... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I called into Sanctuary Mountain on our way driving from Hamilton to Lake Taupo. We left early and arrived at the Sanctuary at the opening time of 8:30am. The staff member there offered us helpful advice on the tracks and we decided on the Rata Track. The walk was peaceful and the forest awesome but we mainly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

We did the Southern Enclosure, took us 2 hours to do both tracks. Great walk amongst tall trees and lovely big ferns. Heard many different birds throughout the walk and were entertained well by a Kaka flying just above our heads back and forth. Fantastic viewing tower to look over the trees, it does have movement, which felt strange but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

The staff at the starting point was great. They knew a lot of cool facts and seemed very intent on their sanctuary. Once we got onto the right paths (we accidentally took the fence maintenance road almost all around the park) there were lots of things to see and signs with good information. There are several trails, all of which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Visiting this Sanctuary in mid-November was a great time to walk in this luscious forest of huge ferns, tall trees and thick vines and creepers. Information markers of the plants and birds are easy to read and informative. Sat in the clearing and saw several birds including the bellbird and kaka, plus listened to birdsong throughout the walk. Paths are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Went to the northern enclosure, from the 'Carpark' it is a 800m walk up a private driveway and then uphill through farm paddocks (with cows - photo 1) before you reach the enclosure (photo 2 and 3). There aren't many signs on the northern side that actually explain what you are going to, so we didn't know about the southern... More 

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Maungatautari, Manager at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, responded to this review

Maungatautari, Manager at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, responded to this review Thank you for your great review and for providing feedback on the signage at the Northern enclosure. We can advise that we are in the process of delivering new signage to the Northern enclosure, however we will also look into providing signage at the car park as suggested. We encourage... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

I recommend visiting here. It was easy to get to by car (we came after a visit to Hobbiton). Once inside the perimeter fence it's like stepping back to old world New Zealand (but with nice tracks and less Moa). There is a nice canopy view point too. The people in the visitor's centre were very helpful and insightful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Type in 99 Tari Road, Pukeatua into the gps and it will take you to this place, follow the signs. About a 45 min drive from Hamilton. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible, fine gravel paths. Head left and take the short path down to the visitor centre, hand over $18 per adult or $8 for 5-16 yr olds if you wish... More 

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