With the announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on 21 March 2020 about COVID-19 alert systems and advice on minimising our movement around the country, we have made the difficult decision to close Manu Tioriori our visitor centre from Sunday, 22 March 2020, until further notice. Our people are at the heart of this decision, we want to ensure the wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

The maunga will remain open to public, please note however, there will be no staff available to help or provide guidance.

Sustaining the integrity of our predator-free fence will remain a priority, this essential work will continue.

We will be providing regular updates via our website and Facebook.

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.