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 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.
In 2001 Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust (MEIT) was formed when the community, including landowners, local iwi and residents came together with an aim to restore and protect this precious ecosystem.
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a world class conservation project which aims to continue the species re-introductions and breeding programmes to create biodiversity in a sound ecological environment.
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 all that exists on this precious maunga.
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. It’s also the example of what the future holds if Predator Free 2050 is successful.
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a must do when visiting New Zealand. The enormity of the project, at 3400 hectares, makes it one of the largest pest-proof fenced projects in the world.
This pest-proof fence is 47km long and offers a safe haven for many of New Zealand’s most endangered species - from birds to bats, frogs to reptiles, tuatara to giant weta.