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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island surrounded by the world's longest pest-proof fence. It's located between Matamata and Waitomo in the North Island of New Zealand. At Sanctuary Mountain you can experience New Zealand...more
99 Tari Road | Pukeatua, Pukeatua 3880, New Zealand
+64 7-870 5180
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Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Just a beautiful place to spend quality time. Very accessible paths. Alive with birdsong and fabulous forest growth. The guided tour is well worthwhile!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sunshine23770715347
Reviewed 22 October 2018

We did the free walk to the peak and back again, which took four hours. Through that time we walked through a few patches of forest with a lot of birdsong and some beautiful scenery. When we came back, we walked through the sanctuary enclosure...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ben S
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Choice out of four walks within the southern enclosure, plan for 2/3 hrs. We did a self-guided walk, saw mating pair of Kaka, Robin, Tui, Piwakawaka, Saddleback, Tree Weta, Koura. Especially enjoyed all the descriptions of native plants. Come early to see more birds. Takahe...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DerksFred
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

A visit to the sanctuary is truly a must to do. Great for families, friends, couples, overseas visitors. Educational, stunning bush and birds. Take a picnic and enjoy! The tuatara tour was fantastic. The staff are all so helpful and knowledgeable. This has got to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank stephaniehW9513IT
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Nature sanctuaries such as this this one in Maungatautari are always run by dedicated and committed staff and supporters and I visited this with my family from the Netherlands partly driven by our own values towards the unfortunate need for the dedicated protection of New...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank IanC4805
Reviewed 23 March 2018

I came late in the day which was not so good. I could hear lots of birds but with the cloudy skies, I could not identify them. It would be a great place to come early and spend the entire morning. The cost is reasonable...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank idahonomad2015
Reviewed 15 March 2018

After visiting the fenced area several times we decided to give the over the mountain track a try..great walk through native nz forest upto the saddle from the visitor centre..listen and look for native birds and you will not be disappointed.good standard of fitness reqd...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank mdq40
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

We went early before others so for the most part it was very quiet so you could hear the wonderful song birds, hear their wings and locate the birds. We saw 5 types, some multiple times. 5km walked in around 3 hours with lots of...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Fiona G
Reviewed 11 March 2018

A well-worthwhile visit, but you do need to know where you are going before you set off - the ecological sanctuary is VERY poorly signposted, and even when right there makes no mention of birds. There is a charge to go in, but take your...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

Wow wow wow...this is one of the best kept secrets near the Waikato River district about 30 mins drive from Cambridge. Sanctuary Mountain at Maungatautari is a great eco friendly place to take the family for a 2 hour or less bush walk inside a...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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29 January 2017|
Response from Found_Lost_Key | Reviewed this property |
Hi Neil, sorry for the delayed reply.. Yes it is possible for someone who would need a wheel chair to join the evening southern sanctuary walk. Please note they require a minimum of 4 people to confirm. :-)
13 January 2017|
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Response from 177,251 |
Many thanks. Be there in about 3 weeks.
Waka K
25 March 2015|
Response from terence204 | Reviewed this property |
Nice :)