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Meet Sirocco

the Kakapo...

a rare treasure

Nightly tours from 3 August - 16 September 2014


Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island located in the North Island of New Zealand. Surrounded by the world’s longest pest-proof fence, Sanctuary Mountain’s ancient forest offers a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species – from birds to bats, frogs to reptiles, tuatara to giant weta.

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 pest-free forest alive with native wildlife including many of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered plants, insects, birds and fish. 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.


Sir David Bellamy quote

Sir David Bellamy quote

“With all the bad news about loss of flora and fauna around the world Maungatautari keeps turning its vision into practical examples of rehabilitation. My congratulations to the Team and Sponsors. Please keep it up for the sake of New Zealand and the Natural History of the Living World; it’s the only one we have got.”

Sir David Bellamy, March 2013

Final Sirocco TradeMe Auction now on!
If you are interested in getting ‘up close and personal’ with Sirocco, the second and final TradeMe auction for a one-on-one encounter will run from 22-29...



Find us on
the southern
side of the


The glorious regrowth of our restored forest

The glorious regrowth
of our restored forest

Ancient Rata & Rimu trees

Ancient Rata & Rimu trees

Many native birds including Kereru, Bellbird...

Many native birds including Kereru, Bellbird,
Tui, Kaka, Hihi, Popokatea and Pitoitoi