Mnu MNU

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Notice

Our visitor centre – Manu Tiriorio and the southern enclosure is still open under Alert Level 2. Guided tours will also continue with numbers limited to 10 people.

Our team will follow Alert Level 2 guidelines that the government has issued to ensure the safety and wellness of our visitors, volunteers, and staff. These guidelines include:

  • Maintaining a physical distance of 2m from others in public spaces, or 1m in controlled environments e.g. workplaces.
  • Regularly washing or sanitizing our hands
  • Coughing or sneezing into our elbows, or by covering our nose and mouth with a tissue and putting the used tissues in a bin immediately
  • Encouraging contact tracing for all visitors, volunteers, and staff that use our facilities. A QR code for the NZ COVID Tracer app is available at the Visitor Centre reception
  • Encouraging visitors, staff, and volunteers to stay home if they feel unwell
  • Encouraging all staff and volunteers to undergo COVID-19 testing if they have cold and flu like symptoms
  • Regularly cleaning and sanitizing high contact surfaces at our facilities

The tower in the southern enclosure

Due to maintenance the 16 metre tower in the southern enclosure will be closed until Wednesday, 30 September. We apologise for any inconvenience. 


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 wild life. 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.