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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

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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Lovely place to visit

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

1 Thank TrisEd
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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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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Tackled the climb to the peak on a sunny day. We took the old track to the top which was a challenging bush walk up the hill on a well marked trail. It was cool and wet and hiking boots are a must. We reached the peak after a challenging scramble by pulling ourselves up rocks and by pulling up... More 

Thank Lee B
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

We had the most educative experience with Daniel when visiting the Tuatara and Takahe area. We got to see all species and learn heaps from him. His passion was contagious and he shared his knowledge with us on many occasion making sure that we left with a real understanding of the fragile fauna and flora on New Zealand. It was... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2016

It was a spontaneous trip before heading back up North. It's great for short walks, just a few kms and be able to see the biggest sanctuary preservation for flora and fauna for New Zealand. Found some big koru along the way and managed to go up to the tree house for an amazing forest canopy view.

Thank ttlavender2014
Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2016

Maungatautari Sanctuary is well worth a visit if you want a great NZ bush experience. The predator-proof fence ensures you get to see a diversity of bird and bush life. There are a number of different walking tracks and the tower is worth the climb. The entry fee not only helps maintain this unique reserve but supports the relocation of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2016

You may think, why pay to go into a bush reserve when there are plenty of places to walk in the bush for free? But Maungatautari is worth the visit. By having a predator-proof fence you're much more likely to see a wider diversity of bird life than you would normally. And you can get up close and personal with... More 

2 Thank KiwiX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely amazing wildlife sanctuary. We saw kiwi in the wild !!! And spent the day surrounded by kaka, tomtit, robin, Bellbird's, and way way more. A big thank you to the awesome staff which are very helpful giving information on the sanctuary and on other great activities to do in New Zealand. The sanctuary has very good walking paths which... More 

2 Thank Hazel R
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016

Great project, amazing achievement in a relatively short time, the fence has only been up 10 years or so. Vegetation looks great, enough reason to go on its own but then there is the wildlife. I went around with a great guide, helps you spot things an inexperienced eye would miss and you get a great amount of background information.... More 

2 Thank rtdab
Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

Really relaxing day, beautiful bush walk, loved hearing all the different birds. Only complaint, cafe was advertised but only sold snacks

Thank Catherine C

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