Educate Us

Educate Us

The Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Living Classroom

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.

Discover a new way of learning

Get out of the classroom and step into an environment that inspires and engages students' inquisitive young minds and where learning is done by experiencing and immersing yourself in the natural environment!

Learning Opportunities

The Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari education programme offers students young and old the opportunity to:

Experience the rich history of the mountain and its unique and ever-changing biodiversity;

Discover how two significant conservation technologies (pest-proof fencing and pest eradication) have enabled the ecological restoration of the mountain;

Learn about and see some of the flora and fauna that calls our sanctuary home;

Understand the important role people have as kaitiaki or guardians of the land.

Standard Education Programme

Our standard programme is four hours in duration and has a very strong focus on conservation and natural history and we pride ourselves on meeting teachers' needs. We can customise an educational visit to cater to the needs of your group, including supporting programmes for many themes as well as NCEA standards.  We have delivered successful programmes supporting biology, geography, EFS and other learning areas.

Facilities:  The education facility, Matapihi, is located behind Pukeatua School on school grounds.

Cost: $10.00 (inclusive of GST) per person, with free entry for teachers.

We also provide education programmes for international and tertiary students.

Bookings are essential.  Please email Tali Jellyman at

Our Education Sponsors

We are grateful to have had the support of the Ministry of Education LEOTC who help fund our Education Programme.  Without these contributions our Education Programme would not be where it is today.