Welcome to our Maunga

Surrounded by one of the world’s longest pest-proof fences, we are New Zealand's largest fenced eco-sanctuary. Our ancient forest is home to many of New Zealand's unique and endangered wildlife. Come and experience the mauri (life force) of our mountain.

Sanctuary Mountain® Maungatautari is easily accessible to the public. Come and experience for yourself the New Zealand environment the way it used to be – an ancient, vibrant forest alive with native wildlife including many of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered wild life. 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. Enjoy a variety of hikes and bush walks around our eco-sanctuary, take a guided tour or nature walk and learn about why this conservation project is so special.


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Join us for a decadent evening of food, conservation and art on Wednesday 5th June, 6pm-11pm



One of the largest ever kiwi translocation seasons is underway

New Zealand's biggest movement of North Island brown kiwi is underway, and we couldn't be prouder!  This year we are aiming to have around 300 kiwi move to other conservation projects around the North Island.  This is a world first in terms of scale and complexity.  Working alongside Save the Kiwi, iwi and recipient sites we are paving the way for the future of the species.

We are hoping to offer some kiwi encounter experiences, stay tuned whilst we hatch the plan!

To learn more about what we have been up to, read the most recent news articles here:

Balloons over Waikato who? 19 kiwi take to Hamilton skies

Kiwi road trip: How to drive with the national bird in the back seat

Read our latest news! 

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari - Helping kiwi thrive, since 2005!

Find out what's on for the April school holidays!

Kids go FREE into the Southern Enclosure for the school holidays. Ts & Cs apply.

Just one hour from

  • Hobbiton Movie Sets in Matamata
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Hamilton Gardens
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