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Address: 99 Tari Road | Pukeatua, New Zealand (Formerly Maungatautari Ecological Island)
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+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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New Zealand nature at its best!

We did the Guided Forest Tour which was so beautiful and interesting. The forest is stunning with all manner of plant life along the paths creating a lush habitat for the many... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kim S
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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a place where you need a guide for the first part of the day to help with all the birds and trees you can see. After we spent about 2 hours with the guide we were given a tag to go back in and spend the rest of the day there so good value for money and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the Guided Forest Tour which was so beautiful and interesting. The forest is stunning with all manner of plant life along the paths creating a lush habitat for the many birds that live there. There is a bit of walking up and down the tracks so good walking shoes and a reasonable ability to manage the extent of... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a project started about 8 years, the brainchild of a local farmer. It involved local landowners, the government and a local Maori tribe and set up a predator-free area of 3700 hectares enclosed by a marvel of impenetrable (at least to introduced predators such as stoats, rats, possums, etc.) fencing. All non-indigenous species, apart from the mouse, have... More 

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Patea, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An outstanding walk to start the day. We stayed at Out in the Styx for a family wedding and decided to explore this little slice of paradise which was just up the road. A range of walks provided to suit all fitness levels. A bit pricey but well worth it to know that admission fees are going to a good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maungatautari is a beautiful forested sanctuary for New Zealand native birds. There are plenty of easy crafted tracks to walk through the enclosed (entry controlled area) to stroll through while there is also the free over the mountain walk that you can take as well. At $NZD20 for entry into the southern enclosure I was able to see lots of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dispute the bad weather we really enjoyed our visit. I can't believe I have never been befit and it's so close to home. I purchased a season pass so I could do all the walks when I am Not with small children. The walk to the viewing platform is lovely. It was very sheltered from the stormy day. A must... More 

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

So glad you enjoyed your day at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and yes it's quite sheltered under the canopy in not so good weather. Hope to see you again very soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

travelled here with 9 of us. Tucked away in the Waikato hinterland, the mountain was well worth the visit. Visitors centre was clean, well laid out and full of information. Didn't try the cafe this visit. Walked the southern enclosure - beautiful forest with tons of native bird song. Saw This, north island robins and bell birds. As usual NZ... More 

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

Thank you for the great review - hope to see you all again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

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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Thank you for the great review! Many people refer to us as Jurassic Park due to the fence - we hope to see you all back again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

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 January 10, 2017 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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