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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari reopening at Alert Level 2 on Wednesday, 20 May

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari reopening at Alert Level 2 on Wednesday, 20 May

8 May 2020

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari's , Manu Tioriori, will reopen on Wednesday, 20 May.

If one of the main things you have missed from the New Zealand Covid-19 lockdowns has been getting amongst nature – at Alert Level 2 you will now be able to explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.  It’s a New Zealand must-do visit, and now that we’re allowed to explore further a field it’s the best place to visit to educate your kids on conservation, get fit with great walking or running tracks in the most stunning forest setting or de-clutter the mind with fresh, clean air and bird song.

If you are planning a day trip or a little holiday at Alert Level 2, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is reopening our , and it’s the perfect add-on – there’s five kilometres of forest tracks in our showcase southern enclosure, and we’re offering limited guided tours over weekends of 23-24 May and 30-31 May.

At 3400-hectares Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is the largest mainland, fenced sanctuary in all New Zealand. Encircling it is a specialised 47km pest-proof fence that provides a safe haven for many of New Zealand’s endemic and endangered species. Including North Island brown kiwi, kaka, tuatara, hihi, Mahoenui giant weta, kokako and takahe. Given the significance of this ambitious conservation project it is a must-see in your New Zealand holiday.

You can purchase a Sanctuary Explorer Pass online to self-guide through our showcase southern enclosure and book your guided tour via our online booking system –, and if you use promo code: SEP10 you’ll receive 10% off your Sanctuary Explorer Pass. This promotion will be available throughout the Alert Level 2 phase and is only valid for Sanctuary Explorer Passes. This promotion does not apply to guided tours and other products.

We will be putting 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