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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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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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A great insight int New Zealand Ecosystem

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2016
Robin_Laura
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank ttlavender2014
Blenheim, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Thank KatieKorero
NZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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2 Thank KiwiX
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5 of 5 stars 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 

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2 Thank Hazel R
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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

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Thank Catherine C
Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

My partner and I visited the Southern Enclosure on Saturday last weekend and very much enjoyed our visit. The cost for entry into the enclosure was $18 each, but given where the money is going to, this was an acceptable entrance fee. We were given a friendly and informative introduction to the reserve by John before heading down to the... More 

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Thank Karen M
Pahoa, HI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful tour with our "barefoot guide" and learned a great deal about the flora (ferns in particular) and the birds that now populate the mountain. Seeing places like this gives us hope for the threatened and endangered species. Already they have accomplished so much. Keep up the great work!

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Thank punapam
Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

This afternoon my partner and I visited the Southern enclosure of Maungatautrai. We were blown away by this spectacular forest remnant. The bush is in superb condition, presumibly a result it’s fence which omits introduced grazing, browsing and predatory mammals. It hosts spectacular trees, the most conspicuous of which is Tawa of which there are many hundreds of mature specimens.... More 

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