Bring the group

We cater for all groups both local and international and are keen to help you plan your visit, whether with one of our exceptional guides or educators, or as a self-guided group. We can schedule a guided tour at a time and date that suits your needs. Get in contact with us to ensure a great experience for your group.

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Social groups

We recommend our shorter Seasonal Forest Highlights guided walk (maximum of 50 minutes) to appeal to a wider group. This leisurely paced walk will introduce your group to some of our local plants, trees and birds and the history of this ambitious conservation project. For our larger reservations we will divide your group into smaller groups of 10-20 visitors which will each have their own guide. This ensures that no matter how large your group is, every guided walk is still an intimate, personal experience for every visitor that joins us. It also allows our guides to respond to differing requirements.

If the group wants to self-guide with an introductory talk get in contact so we can ensure a guide is available.


We offer a range of options for corporate teams whether for team building, socialising, enhancing wellbeing or simply being by the achievements of this truly amazing conservation project.

For getting social
Come on an adventure on a private night guided walk. The forest at night is completely different, alive with wētā, spiders and kiwi and ruru calls. This magical experience introduces you to the night-time world of ancient forest. 

For team building 
A Living Connections session can have a specific focus, depending on the company's needs, such as team building, stress management, corporate identity, feedback on how employees perceive the company, creative processes and more. During your 1-2 hour workshop, your experienced guide will offer your team a variety of invitations to notice, reflect and interact with the forest around them. An introduction to rongoā rākau can be included in this experience.

Nature and Nosh offer corporate packages that provide your team the opportunity to disconnect from the office and reconnect with nature and each other. Their packages can include: 'walking meetings' or 'walking primers', to prime your brain for a team meeting, strategy session or coached leadership workshop; gourmet picnics, strategy or leadership sessions at our immersive bush boardroom table, wild food foraging, Rōngoa Māori medicine experiences, or fun team building activities.

For improved wellbeing
In partnership with Nature and Nosh, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari offers the New Zealand-first Nature of Work programme. Nature of Work includes a unique two-day forest immersion designed to enhance the wellbeing of employees. The first day of the programme in the stunning Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari ngahere is a series of guided invitations. Also within the Nature of Work programme is our Living Connections Team Experience.

This programme offers new perspectives and ways in which to deepen people’s connection with nature and benefit their wellbeing. 

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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! Our education team plans and delivers exceptionally well organised programmes for school groups and other education organisations focussed around the story of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, our natural history, unique biodiversity and conservation science. Learn more about our education programme.

Contact our education team to discuss your local curriculum needs.

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Group planning

Catering: Teas, lunch or dinner can be catered in the Manu Toiroiri visitors centre with prior arrangement

Parking: Bus parking is available at the top of Tari Road. Parking behind the Manu Toiroiri visitor centre *is available to support accessibility. Please contact us first to facilitate this.


Some important information

What you need to know

Opening hours & access

Manu Tioriori visitor centre is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily (closed 25th December). Snacks and beverages are available only.

Entrance to the southern enclosure (Te Tui a Tāne) is available during Manu Tioriori opening hours.

The Tautari wetlands and tuatarium are only accessible to the public on a guided tour during Manu Tioriori opening hours.

Wairere Traverse (Over the Mountain track) is accessible at any time of the day however for safety of the public and of our flora and fauna we do not recommend visiting after dark.

Environmental care code

Protect plants and animals.

Please do not feed the animals.

Carry out all of the rubbish you take in.

Keep to the tracks.

Enjoy your visit and toitū te whenua (leave the land undisturbed).

No dogs (please contact us if you have an assistance dog).

No bikes are permitted.


Before you go through any of the double gates which protect the forest from pests, please:

Check - your gear for introduced pests such as rodents, skinks or insects.

Clean - your footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds.

Close - ensure your gear is zipped up and food is in a sealed container to avoid attracting rodents or insects.