Maungakawa Scenic Reserve
Maungakawa Scenic Reserve
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Benjamin
Potsdam, Germany1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
You walk through beautiful forest directly from the parking area on top. At the beginning and end great outlook over the area. Children (3 and 7 years) were able to walk it easily.
Written 31 October 2022
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Chris W
Hamilton, New Zealand152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
If you love God's beautiful planet creation then you'll absolutely love this place, with it's natural beauty, charm, peace and tranquility. So natural and unspoilt by humans!
Written 4 November 2019
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matthew l
Woodbridge, UK333 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Just out of Cambridge, some easy ambles through nice bush with information boards. And lots of signs about poison!
Written 2 October 2019
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Lindsey T
St Just in Roseland, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to re-visit Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari which is about a 20 minute drive from Te Awamutu.
The brainchild of a local farmer, Sanctuary Mountain is a mainland ecological island that is home to many endangered species of native flora and fauna. 47km of pest-proof fence and an intensive non-native pest eradication programme meant that Sanctuary Mountain could become a safe home to many endangered birds and animals. They introduced Kiwi which are breeding successfully, as well as Kaka a beautiful native parrot only found in New Zealand, Takahe, an endangered flightless bird of which there are only around 200 left in the world due to predation and Tuatara, the sole surviving members of an ancient group of reptiles found only in New Zealand.
We walked the Rata Track which took us down to a pond where we spotted Koura (crayfish), and then up to the observation canopy tower (it was an achievement for me going up to the top with my fear of heights!) and the clearing where the Kaka are fed. Gracie was given an I-Spy booklet at the information centre when we arrived and she had to tick off all the plants, birds and wildlife we spotted.
On the bird front we were very lucky spotting lots of fantails and tui as well as native north island robins, bellbird, a New Zealand pigeon (much larger than our pigeon) and to our utter joy, we were lucky enough to see three Kaka around the clearing. We missed the feeding but we think they must hang around this area knowing it's where they get fed. They are a beautiful bird, pretty large, and we were lucky to see them so close. We also saw tree weta, a not so pretty insect and we did hear the stitchbird but sadly couldn't quite spot it.
The mountain has wonderful tracks to walk and the trees and plants are beautiful. You could easily spend a few days walking all the tracks and taking in all there is to see there.
Written 18 February 2019
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Steffl-88
Goslar, Germany231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
Friendly stuff, lovely walks, lovely birds!
I had first a coffee in the shop, before i went in the forest. The lady was very friendly at the reception and give me a map on the way. I had problems to find the right way to inside. I walked a half hours the wrong way. But than i get it and walked all the ways up and down, all of them. The 2,5h walk, the 1 hours walks, the 45min walk, there is also an other short one. The weather wasnt nice and i didnt had luck with the birds. But than in the evening, i found three kãkã, i was so happy, but then i lost them. I walked the short ways up again and found a more of the kãkãs next to the bird- foodhhouse. I have been so close to them!
Written 10 July 2018
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775gilvray
Cambridge, New Zealand202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
This is a wonderful picnic spot for a summer outing. Very relaxing with lots of native bird calls. Great trees for children to climb. Fabulous views on a clear day.
Written 28 May 2018
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chiangmaicharlies
Chiang Mai, Thailand5,628 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
The average review reflects our day at Maungakawa Scenic Reserve. On a sunny day, or with a guide I'm sure I would have rated it higher. Try and get Brian (one of the guides there), he's very knowledgeable and amusing.

We saw half a dozen birds at most during the 2 hour walk. We saw lots of undergrowth and trees.

There were some informative signs en route, but the direction signs are poor.

The high viewing platform proved useless with just more views of higher trees.

The information regarding the surrounding fence was very interesting.

Go for it, on a good, sunny day - and with a guide. Although some reviewers say entrance is free, I'm sure we paid an entrance fee, of $20 if I remember correctly.
Written 15 May 2018
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Judith H
Heathfield, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
A beautiful natural piece of unspoilt New Zealand, native trees.
Steps provide safe walking , can be a bit muddy if it's been raining but it is a woods after all
Free to visit
Written 20 February 2018
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slrnz
Whanganui, New Zealand681 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
The dog and I ended up there on a very hot humid day with poor visibility. The loop track is 1.2km long and due to not being as fit and healthy as I used to be, and the horrible humidity, we ended up not doing the walk which was a shame. There was no wildlife where we were and not a lot to do or see. There is a geocache nearby but there is poison laid so taking the dog to the cache was not a good option. I think it be different/more interesting if you were on a tour and learning about the site. If you are driving there, I suggest you use your GPS as we shot right past the turnoff on the way there and may have (cough cough) arrived back in Hamilton on a different road to the one we went up on.
Written 22 January 2018
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AnikoKatona
Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
We enjoyed our walk in this scenic reserve. It takes approx. 30 minutes in a nice forest environment and a lovely view.
Written 22 October 2017
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