Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari began with a dream to protect the plant and animal species living on Maungatautari. This ancient eco-system has been recognised as a reserve since 1912 and nearly 100 years later the community came together to restore and further protect this precious environment with a pest-proof fence. By removing all mammals from Maungatautari it has provided a safe environment to reintroduce some of New Zealand’s most endangered species back to their natural habitat.
Our Vision - Share the Mauri and Mana of the Maunga.
The Sanctuary Mountain project began with a dream to protect the diversity of plant and animal species living on Maungatautari. Many of our community, including landowners, local iwi and local residents, came together with an aim to restore and protect this precious ecosystem, and in 2001 the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust (MEIT) was formed.
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari which is fondly known by locals as ‘the maunga’, is a very special place to visit due to the sheer enormity of the project, at 3400 hectares, the maunga is by far the largest pest-proof fenced project in the world. This extraordinary pest-proof fence is 47km long and offers a safe haven for many of New Zealand’s most endangered species. It’s location in the central North Island of mainland New Zealand makes this an accessible destination for visitors.
With most of the mountain mature and intact conifer/broadleaf/podocarp forest, the functioning ecosystem on Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is as close to the pre-human New Zealand environment as it’s possible to find. The large size and quality of the habitat on the maunga means it’s a viable home for self-sustaining populations of many of our most endangered species – from birds to bats, frogs to reptiles, tuatara to giant weta.
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a world class conservation project which aims to continue the species re-introductions and breeding programmes to create bio-diversity in a sound ecological environment. We hope to inspire both a national and a worldwide audience to get involved in environmental and wildlife conservation. We work in partnership with local iwi, landowners, the community and both government and non-government entities. This ensures the longevity of the fence and the well-being of the precious maunga and all that exists on it.
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