Educate Us

Educate us


Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari offers people of all ages the opportunity to learn about the New Zealand environment and the flora and fauna which makes it unique.  Here visitors can develop a deeper understanding of conservation in New Zealand and learn about the methods that have been used to keep the sanctuary pest-free.  In essence the hope is to inspire others to look in their own backyards and work towards protecting the many precious environments found worldwide.

We are now fully booked for Term 1, 2021. We look forward to hosting more awesome schools throughout the year.

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Step into an environment that inspires and engages students' inquisitive minds and where learning is done by experiencing and immersing yourself in the natural environment!

Learning Opportunities

The Sanctuary Mountain® conservation education programme offers students the opportunity to: 

- Experience the rich history of this community-led conservation project that is
New Zealand’s largest pest-free fenced sanctuary.

- Encounter rare and endangered New Zealand species in their natural forest habitat.

- Build on their knowledge about New Zealand’s unique biodiversity (flora, fauna
and fungi) and consider the impact of people upon it.

- Discuss key conservation challenges facing New Zealand’s wildlife and the
technologies Sanctuary Mountain® is using to protect them from introduced pests
and predators.

- Learn about how species are monitored and managed in a sanctuary environment.

Learning experiences could include: 

Conservation challenges:

- Introduced pests and predators 

- Where did they come from? Why are they considered pests? What can we do? 

- Birds, reptiles, invertebrates and plants – discover the interconnections within the forest 

- What adaptations and different roles do living things play within the forest? 

- Which native species have been translocated to Maungatautari?  

Discover how we care for, survey and monitor these species. 

During your guided hikoi students might see:  

North Island robins, tomtits, kākā, tūī, bellbirds, hihi, tīeke, fantails, pōpokotea, kererū and wētā. 

Conservation Education Programme

What can schools expect? 

Our education programme is a fully-facilitated, experiential programme. The themes have a strong focus on conservation and natural history.

Concepts of mātauranga Māori are woven throughout.


Curriculum links: Science, Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education

Suitable for: Best suited to Year 4 and above.

Please contact our educator to discuss your specific requirements for ECE, Years 1-3, NCEA, Cambridge Syllabus (Classification, Biodiversity and Conservation), wellness or EOTC activities or Tertiary level groups (e.g. environmental management, conservation, travel and tourism).

Numbers: Minimum of 10 students. Maximum of 60 students (per day)

Approximate duration: 2.5 hours (guided activity)


Cost: $13.00 (inclusive of GST) per person.

Teachers and teacher aides are FREE

Ask us about our locals rate.


Please note:

Schools/ organisations will be charged according to the final numbers on the day of your trip. A minimum charge of the equivalent of ten paying people applies for groups of less than ten for facilitated programmes to go ahead.


CONTACT US to arrange a time to discuss your specific requirements for a visit to Sanctuary Mountain®.

Bookings are essential for school groups whether you wish to self-guide or participate in our education programme. Please book a minimum of three weeks before your intended visit date.

Email: Mobile: 027 529 8367 Or send us an enquiry via the ‘book now’ page on our website under the education programme tab: book-now


Did you know teachers who have booked a class trip are able to make a free pre-visit trip into Te Tui a Tane, southern enclosure? Simply contact us to arrange this.


Our Education Sponsors

We are grateful to have the support of Mother Earth who help fund our Education Programme. 

Thanks to the generous support of our education programme bu Mother Earth NZ, each school that visits Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari wll go home with a selection of delicious Oaty Slice and Better Bars,one for each person.

Watch this short video to see one of the classes that won the opportunity to see a Kiwi released on Maungatautari, sponsored by Mother Earth NZ.


Without these contributions our Education Programme would not be where it is today. 


We love to receive photographs of your students engaging in our education programme and we love to hear what actions you take when you get back to school! Let us know about your learning! 

If you would like to make a further koha to our conservation project you can donate now.


You can also support our conservation project by purchasing from our retail store! Here is a book you purchase from our Visitor Centre Shop. Toataiao, written by Wiki Papa. Make your purchase for $25.

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