Support us

Support us

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a charitable trust and a community lead project at heart, with passionate and dedicated supporters, many of whom have donated both their time and their resources to support the project.  Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is governed by a trust made up of members from the community, landowners and local iwi representatives. This along with a team of passionate and committed staff, contractors, support from both national and local government entities and generous public and corporate sponsors has enabled the maunga to go from strength to strength.

We walk together into the future to – share the mauri and mana of the maunga.

The Sanctuary Mountain Maungatauatri conservation project still needs your support.  There are many ways you can become involved and help New Zealand’s most ambitious conservation project.

Visit Us - As a not for profit any money made on guided tours and facility fees goes directly back into the work we do. By visiting us and encouraging others to do so too, you are directly supporting New Zealand conservation.

Volunteer with Us

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari has an amazing network of passionate supporters with close to 200 registered community volunteers who regularly work hour’s equivalent to ten full-time staff members.  These incredibly generous people give up their time to help restore Maungatautari; and are the life force of our project.

Working as a volunteer is a very rewarding experience. The amount of time you have to give is up to you however, we do have a minimum number of hours depending on the task you are assigned to. This allows us to have better work-flow and the ability to plan ahead.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete the expression of interest form by following this link.


The fence is built, the reintroductions are happening, the pests are taken care of - what's left to do?  Maintaining a pest-free mountain is a huge and ongoing task and we need to raise more than $1.6 million annually through sponsorships and donations to maintain the security of our endangered species and their environment. Some of the operations you may be interested in sponsoring include:

Pest control - baits, traps, pesticides, weedicides, application, monitoring and maintenance operations

Fence & track maintenance - fencing materials, track metal, culverts, fence alarm system/monitoring, cartage & contractors

Equipment - vehicles, quad bikes, diggers, chainsaws, operating costs, repairs, maintenance and replacement programmes

Biodiversity Management - species management and monitoring

Administration - support staffing, office rents, electricity, phones, postage, printing

Please Contact Us if you would like to sponsor our project.

Make a Donation

In order to continue our important work on Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, we rely on the generosity of our key donors and major funders. All donations to Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust which runs the project are gratefully received and our donors become part of Te Manawa o Maungatautari - the Heart of Maungatautari.

We are a registered charity (CC34709), and we rely heavily on the goodwill of our many friends and supporters.

We have a range of options through which you can support us, simply choose what’s easiest for you. If you’d like to donate online, quickly and easily, use our donate now form. We can also help you with internet banking, or we can take a cheque – just get in touch to find out more.

We have a special group of supporters who donate small amounts each month; these are our Kaitiaki (Guardians). Their regular contributions allow us to forecast funding and plan for future projects and for further re-introductions of species. By joining this group, you will help ensure we are able to continue our important job of protecting this precious eco-system and all its inhabitants.

To discuss the best way for you to donate, contact us, or go through to the credit card donation form.


We are eternally grateful to all our supporters without you quite simply the work we do would not be possible.