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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

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99 Tari Road | Pukeatua, New Zealand
+64 7-870 5180
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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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99 Tari Road | Pukeatua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

This is such a wonderful place it is hard to do it justice in a description. Lots of trails to meander through the native forest and seeing flora and fauna you wouldn't normally see. Helpful information signs tell you a bit about the plants, trees...More

Thank RubyBF
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Overwhelming experience. When you really think about the scope of this project it boggles the mind. The fence constructed around the project immediately reminded us of Jurassic Park and is truly extraordinary. Greeted very warmly at the Visitor Center. Instantly felt welcome and a part...More

Thank ToneRock
Reviewed 18 July 2017

16th July 2017 Started from the Northern side at Hicks Road. The walk starts over farmland for the first 20 mins or so and is a nice easy warm up for things to come. Once in the enclosure you follow the Northern Enclosure fence line...More

Thank terence204
Reviewed 11 July 2017

After driving many days through sheepscapes and introduced pinescapes, finding a restoration project like Maungatautari was a genuine "find". I could have spend a few days here, but the short 1-day visit we had was more than worth the time and effort (what little "effort"...More

Thank Victoria445
Reviewed 26 June 2017

This is an amazing project. The creation of the pest prevention fence was a feat in itself. I'm frequently grateful to people who are so committed to caring for our country's fauna and flora by giving so much of their time and funds to create...More

Thank Jenny B
Reviewed 7 May 2017

I was expecting a really amazing experience after reading all the reviews, and paying $20 to go in, however the walk itself is very average. It definitely has lots of nice nature, but there are many free hikes around Auckland that offer similar or better...More

1  Thank barsegh
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We really enjoyed our trip to this Sanctuary. It was great to be in the great outdoors, listening to the birds and just enjoying the peace and quiet. We enjoyed the walks in the Southern Enclosure and it was great to see the Kaka, saddlebacks,...More

Thank Jewlzcee
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We had a wonderful time exploring this area. It would not have been as interesting if we had not gone on the tour. It was an inspiration to speak with the guides in the reception. They were so friendly and enthusiastic.

Thank 1,978,899
Reviewed 4 April 2017

It's inspiring to see the enormous and sustained effort taken to restore this land, the native flora and fauna. A walk through the Sanctuary is nothing less than a spiritual experience.

Thank ThinPlaces
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I was traveling in NZ on a group tour and this was one of the scheduled stops. What a fantastic experience! To see the land returned to it's natural state was a real treat. Without predators, birds can thrive and the vegetation too. Daniel was...More

Thank hollymac
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29 January 2017|
Response from Found_Lost_Key | Reviewed this property |
Hi Neil, sorry for the delayed reply.. Yes it is possible for someone who would need a wheel chair to join the evening southern sanctuary walk. Please note they require a minimum of 4 people to confirm. :-)
12 January 2017|
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Response from 177,251 |
Many thanks. Be there in about 3 weeks.
Waka K
25 March 2015|
Response from terence204 | Reviewed this property |
Nice :)