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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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Sanctuary Walk

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Gloria W
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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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 

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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.

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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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