Keep pests out

When visiting Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari make sure you check your gear before you leave.

Protect our wildlife

Check – your gear for pests such as rodents and insects

Clean – footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds

Close – ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

When you arrive, you will be encouraged to recheck your gear and use cleaning stations.

How to pack

Pack food in sealed containers to keep pests out.

No open bags or supermarket bags.

Check your gear for pests

  • Before your visit, check and clean your gear.
  • Check that your gear is free of rats, mice, ants and plaque skinks.
  • Take extra care to clean gear if you have Argentine ants or plague skinks where you live.
  • Clean clothing and footwear, removing soil and seeds before and after each trip. Dirty gear may carry plant diseases or harbour weed seeds and pests.
  • Look out for cleaning stations when you arrive and scrub your shoes before entering the pest-proof fenced enclosure.
  • Do not bring your pets.

Cleaning stations

Foot brushes are located near the visitors centre and a cleaning station by the entry gate before entering the Te Tūī e Tāne southern enclosure.  Follow the instructions at the station. Pay particular attention if you have recently been tramping or hunting. Street shoes should be brushed well and cleaned by standing on the foot pad at the station.


boot and bag cleaning station biosecurity

Why you need to check your gear

  • Pest animals and plants can invade our pest free (or almost pest free) in your footwear or gear.
  • Rats can squeeze through a 12mm gap and mice can squeeze through a 7mm gap. Insects could hide in your bag, and weeds, seeds and soil could cling to your clothing and shoes.
  • Pests threaten New Zealand's native wildlife.
  • Rats eat birds, eggs, reptiles and insects.
  • Mice prey on insects and eat small birds and reptiles.
  • Argentine ants can reach large numbers and have a big appetite killing our native insects, skinks, geckos and baby birds.
  • Plague skinks compete with native lizards and other animals for food and habitat and have displaced our native skinks on the mainland.
  • Soil can carry plant diseases such as kauri dieback.
  • Weed seeds can become a weed forest and smother native plants.

Source: Department of Conservation.