Conditions on the Maunga

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari's Visitor Centre is open. 

Weather conditions on the maunga:

Cloudy periods throughout the day and the temperature drops within the Southern enclosure. So bring a jacket. Sunny weather throughout the Waikato this week so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen but the odd shower. So bring wet weather gear with you if the conditions on the Maunga change. Winter is upon us which means that the days are shorter and the tracks get darker, earlier. Be sure to take this into consideration when planning your next visit to the sanctuary.

Weather report provided by Metservice 

Week 06/12/2021:

Monday: Cloudy. A few showers, mainly from afternoon when some could be heavy with possible thunderstorms inland. Northerly breezes.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers, some possibly heavy in the afternoon and evening. Northerly breezes.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers, especially in the afternoon and evening. Light winds.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. A few showers, more frequent in the afternoon and evening. Westerly breezes.

Friday: Partly cloudy, with rain developing later in the day. Northerlies.

Saturday: Cloudy, with rain developing. Northerlies.

Sunday: Rain. Light winds.

Track access: ALL tracks are currently open and clear to the public.


Northern enclosure entry: 

The northern enclosure located at Hicks Road is NOT able to be accessed by public. There are access issues between the private landowners and Waipa District Council.

Until the issues are resolved, Council advise all visitors to use the Tari Road entrance.  If you are using Wairere Traverse you will need to return to Tari Road for access off the Mountain.

Council is disappointed at this situation and is working hard to restore public access as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience.

For enquiries, please contact the Council at 0800 924 723.


Finding the Visitors Centre: 

Our address is 99 Tari Road, Pukeatua 3450 on the southern side of the Maunga. Our Visitors Centre is at the top of the hill with our driveway being the last on the left before you see the entrance gates. 

We suggest using your GPS or Google maps to find our . 

Opening hours:  

Manu Tioriori is open from 9.00am to 4:00pm daily. Closed 25th December. You can access our Over The Mountain track any time of the day, any day of the week, with access being available behind our VIsitor Centre.

Food at the maunga: 

There is a selection of snacks and beverages. Including tea, coffee, fruit juices and water. Cafe style food for a proper lunch is not available. We highly recommend visitors to bring their own packed lunch if you are wanting something substantial to eat. We recommend a food stop in Kihikihi/Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Putaruru or Arapuni.

Forest venue: 

The forest provides dense cover, which can mean on warm days it will still be colder inside the forest. Bringing layered clothing is advisable. 

Tracks are well-maintained, though it is still a mountain with steep, uneven surfaces. Sturdy, covered footwear is advised. The tracks suit those with a reasonable fitness level. 

Bathroom facilities: 

There are bioloos and bathroom facilities in and around the Visitor Centre. There is also a bioloo situated in southern enclosure near the Events Centre. 

There are no bathroom facilities on the Over The Mountain track. The Bush is your bathroom! 


We have partnered with Sanctuary Lodge Maungatautari, where you can find boutique accommodation. Located at the base of Maungatautari, a two minute drive from our , it is ideally situated for your trip to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Click here to book.

They provide accommodation as well as comforting homemade meals, with a beautiful event venue with views of Maungatautari. 

Campervans & Motorhomes

If your campervan or motorhome is fully self-contained you are welcome to stay at our carpark, though we would appreciate if you let us know you're staying. Contact our team on 07 871 5180 for more information and to let us know. While you're visiting us you can explore our maunga with a Sanctuary Explorer Pass or Guided Tour. Click here for all the options.


There is so much to see and do in the Waikato region. Some of the more popular attractions near Sanctuary Mountain include Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton. You’ll also find Lake Karapiro, home of New Zealand rowing and popular for a variety of water sports. On the banks of Lake Karapiro is Mighty River Domain, an iconic Waipa District site and one of New Zealand's premier event venues. Every year it showcases a variety of sporting and cultural events, and has been the stage for a number of memorable international sporting occasions. Located 6km south of Cambridge in the heart of the Waikato region, the 19 hectare site offers a diverse range of superb facilities to suit your next event. The Blue Spring at Putaruru is also close by. For more information on things to see and do in the area, check out the Hamilton & Waikato Tourism website.

Links to our partners and friends

Food and Accommodation

We recommend the following accommodation, located near Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari:

Sanctuary Lodge Maungatautari

2117 Arapuni Road, Pukeatua 3880

Phone: +64 (07) 872 4505, Email:

Sanctuary Lodge Maungatautari has an excellent reputation locally, New Zealand wide and with international visitors. They are available for lunch and dinners however pre-bookings are essential as they are not available for casual dining.



We recommend the following activities, located near Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari:


396 Horahora Rd, Piarere 3484

Phone 0800 287 448

Nature & Nosh 

Phone: +64 204 130 5060 Email: