Our visitor centre is now open daily from 9am - 4pm. 

We have put measures in place, in line with Alert Level 2 restrictions, to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff. These include:

  • Our staff, volunteers and contractors will stay home if they feel unwell or need to self-isolate in line with Ministry of Health Guidelines
  • Washing hands with soap and water often
  • Coughing or sneezing into elbows or by covering mouth and nose with tissues, then putting used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately
  • Contact tracing measures in place through QR code and online form
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are unwell
  • Encouraging a two-metre physical distance with others, using alternative greetings instead of handshaking, hugging etc
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • Travel restrictions for business purposes

Kia kaha from all the team at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island located in the North Island of New Zealand. Surrounded by one of the world’s longest pest-proof fences, Sanctuary Mountain’s ancient forest offers a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats and insects.

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is easily accessible to the public. Come and experience for yourself the New Zealand environment the way it used to be – an ancient, vibrant pest-free forest alive with native wildlife including many of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered, insects, birds and fish. Step through the pest-proof gate into another world where ancient New Zealand forest towers majestically above well maintained walking tracks and the air is filled with birdsong. Enjoy a variety of hikes and bush walks around our eco sanctuary, take a guided tour or nature walk and learn about why this conservation project is so special.