Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

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 the way it used to be - an ancient, vibrant pest-free forest alive with native wildlife such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats and insects. 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.
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Adi S
Tauranga, New Zealand69 contributions
Sanctuary indeed
Apr 2021 • Couples
What a great spot ! Had the guided tour of the southern enclosure by a lovely , knowledgeable lady . Continued our journey on the Rata and Nikau tracks . Birds seen today were piwakawaka, kereru, robin and kaka . Once outside enclosure we also saw piwakawaka , bellbird and karerea. Heard lots of birds but were higher up in the canopy . Awesome concept to be predator free ... ka rawe kaitiaki o Maungatautiri 👏🏽
Written 26 April 2021
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Graeme B
Auckland, New Zealand62 contributions
Special place
Apr 2021 • Couples
We did a guided walk and our tour guide Brian was friendly, knowledgeable and clearly committed to conservation of NZ birds and trees/plants.

The whole project at Sanctuary Mountain has taken so many dedicated people and resources, it was a pleasure to experience their hard work.

Take some time in this special place and help support their hard work.
Written 11 April 2021
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L Doug
7 contributions
Didn't see Tahake Family
Feb 2021
A little disappointed not to see Takahe on todays tour - the main reason for taking the guided tour. Fortunately we have seen Takahe at other santuaries where they run the guided tours to coincide with feeding times of the Takahe. I have no doubt that if food had been on offer the Takahe would have made an appearance. A lot of cover for them to hide. The guide was very nice and knowledgable.
Written 14 February 2021
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Robert G
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions
Step back in time to see how NZ used to be
Dec 2020
Brian our guide keep us informed and engaged and the 90 minutes just flew by. Well worth doing a guided walk. Make sure you go to the clearing to try and spot the Kaka's as they are very entertaining to watch. Find a seat and just spend some time quietly watching the birds. I am in awe of the people who had the vision and skill to create this urban island.
Written 9 January 2021
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Henro2010
Nelson, New Zealand109 contributions
Superb
Oct 2020
Fantastic place, you could easily spend a day here, or longer. Its just tragic to think that most of the North Island was once like this ....
Written 12 October 2020
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Alastair B
Hamilton, New Zealand116 contributions
Great place to walk and explore
Mar 2020 • Family
We visited the southern enclosure with our 2 year old daughter. The 30min walk to the viewing tower was great and our daughter loved it. The track are well maintained and easy to push our mountain buggy pram around. The lefty of seats and information boards along the way to break up the walk and learn a bit more about the birds and trees. We will be back soon to explore more
Written 14 March 2020
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Kiri
7 contributions
Seeing a Ruru (Morepork) was a highlight
Feb 2020 • Couples
Highly recommended! The southern enclosure is a beautiful, mature bush setting with an abundance of birds & birdsong. You don’t get this level of birds in normal, unprotected NZ bush. We did all the tracks & particularly enjoyed the rimu track. We saw 9 different bird species & heard others. It felt very exciting & lucky to see a ruru (morepork) and saddlebacks.
Written 27 February 2020
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Trishfr
1 contribution
Great place to visit
Feb 2020 • Friends
Knowledgeable interesting guide. We saw a lot of native birds and learnt about some of the native trees. Fantastic walk. The forest is like entering a Jurassic Park forest without the dinosaurs. Well worth walking to the viewing platform up into the forest canopy We were welcomed by the noisy local parrot the Kaka watched the gentle fantails flit about the trees and greedy saddlebacks feeding on local berries. We loved every moment of our visit. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys the peace of the native bush and watching the bird life
Written 26 February 2020
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cockies2017
Hamilton, New Zealand107 contributions
Walk with grandson
Feb 2020
My wife and I both in our 60s and our 9 year old grandson walked both the Rata and Nikau tracks. The day was very hot but we were in the forest shelter so it was pleasant. Went to the bird feeding station and there was alot of great bird life, got some great photos. A very good outing. The exit is in the open so allow for this. Fitness levels need to be ok. Tracks are wide and off road prams and wheel chairs would be ok. Worth a visit and gold card people ge a discount.
Written 7 February 2020
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Kiwialan
Huntly, New Zealand155 contributions
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Feb 2020
For the second time in years back to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari with overseas visitors and the actual walk in the forest was just great. Lack of birds but every now and then you could hear them and see them. Pity the old averies were not in use but the forest walk was worth every penny spend.
However for people age 72 and 77 the new entrance way was a disaster., walking down a steep hill with loose metal in the hot sun not really appeals and the worst part was you had to return the same way, and in the afternoon sun at 33 degrees it was not on. It will be okay in about 25 years when the trees grow up. Entrance way was also in the wrong place as we, and two other groups who also had been before also went the old way in but were told of by a guide to go back!
Written 2 February 2020
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