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. As seen in the Air New Zealand safety video!

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.

 

As seen on the Air New Zealand Safety Video!

Have you travelled with Air New Zealand lately? You've come to the right place! You will have seen us on the latest Air New Zealand safety video. Meet a nationally vulnerable takahē here! Join a Tautari Wetland Guided Tour to meet the family that live in this very special habitat.

Air NZ Safety Video 

 

One of the largest ever kiwi translocation seasons has taken place from March - May, 2024

New Zealand's biggest movement of North Island brown kiwi has taken place, and we couldn't be prouder!  This year we moved 217 kiwi to other conservation projects around the North Island.  This was a world first in terms of scale and complexity.  Working alongside Save the Kiwi, Ngaati Koroki Kahukura, Pukeatua School, recipient sites and recieving iwi, we paved the way for the future of the species.

We are hoping to offer some kiwi encounter experiences in 2025, stay tuned whilst we hatch the plan!

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

Read our latest news! 

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari - Helping kiwi thrive, since 2005!

Notice of Maintenance Work

Maintenance is planned for the Wairere Traverse (Over the Mountain Track) from Monday 29th of April until further notice.

  • Wait to the side of the track if you hear a machine approaching.
  • Do NOT try to slip past a machine while it is moving.
  • Be sure to acknowledge the machine operators before walking past.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

Find out what's on for the July 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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