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Sanctuary Mountain - Explorer Pass

Enjoy a walk through the stunning forest trails at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a self guided walk through the beautiful Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
  • Over 5km of well maintained walking trails through biodiverse forest
  • Opportunity to see some of NZ's most endangered species
  • As a charitable trust every cent we make goes straight back into the conservation work we do
  • By visiting us you are directly helping to restore, protect and sustain a New Zealand eco-system and all of its inhabitants

Get your walking shoes on to enjoy a stroll along the well-maintained trails at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

This protected ecosystem has one of the largest pest-proof fences in the world to allow New Zealand's most vulnerable and endangered wildlife to survive.

By visiting, not only will you enjoy the beautiful forest and bird song but you will be helping to protect this area for future generations with all proceeds going back into the conservation of this environment.

Feeding stations are set up along the way with seating available for those who are hoping to see some of the resident birds such as hihi (stitch bird), korimako (bellbird), pītoitoi (North Island robin) and kākā (cheeky forest parrot).

Our Visitor Centre, Manu Tioriori is open daily from 9am to 4pm with toilet facilities, information, refreshments and souvenirs available for purchase.

This is a family-friendly day out that is suitable for most people including pushchairs and some wheelchairs (please contact for accessibility details). Be sure to check out the fantastic treetop views from the 16-meter high observation tower too!


Click here if you want to experience more on an Ancient Forest Guided Tour!

Adult $26.00
Concession $22.00 (Valid for NZ Supergold, Community Services, or Student ID cardholders)
Child $12.00 (Aged 5 - 16 years)
Family $58.00 (2 Adults + up to 3 Children)

What's included

  • Self guided walk through Te Tūī a Tāne southern enclosure

Duration

  • Allow approximately 3 hours

Location

  • 99 Tari Road, Pukeatua 3880, New Zealand. Please see drive times below.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Important Please Note:

    Dogs are not permitted anywhere on Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari unless they are certified predator/species tracking dogs or disability assist dogs that are muzzled.

    Bikes are not permitted on the mountain tracks.

    You will be entering a biosecurity controlled area:

    Check that you are not taking any risk material into the area e.g. live mice or other animals, fruit or seeds.

    Double gates are there for security reasons; do not risk any inadvertent entries or escapes through inappropriate use.

    All wildlife is protected and must not be disturbed.

    Anything you take into the area must be taken out again (this includes any rubbish you create during your visit).

    Keep to the paths and follow signs as directed.

    Pest control operations may be in progress at any time:

    Keep well away from any baits

    Do not interfere with coloured ribbon markers

    Do not touch or interfere with traps or tracking tunnels

    Supervise children at all times

    All species are living in a wild and natural environment:

    They are free to come and go as they wish.

    We cannot guarantee what you may or may not see.

    Please respect their home and move quietly for optimal chances of seeing them.

    Peanutbutter is used as a predator bait please beware if you or any children under your supervision have peanut allergies.

Available Bookings from December 06 to December 12

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Mary Cunningham from New Zealand wrote on 03 August 2021

A piece of heaven on earth

Beautiful setting. Hard to spot the birds as canopy high. Trails are fairly steep so reasonable fitness needed. Can stay as long as you like and go as far as you want so no pressure. Plenty of seating areas where you can rest and allow the birds to come to you. The forest itself is worth walking through. The staff are super friendly and very helpful in helping you plan your time there. Definitely worth visiting.

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Eva Lee from New Zealand wrote on 24 November 2021

The ultimate Bush and birdwatching experience

Best Bush walking tracks, so we'll maintained. The birds were coming really close. It's such a treasure to have this original growth Bush!

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Eva Lee from New Zealand wrote on 22 October 2021

Sanctuary Mountain

Sanctuary mountain was an absolutely magical experience, with the dense bush protecting us from the rain. I have never heard so many birds in one place, and we even had a close encounter with a kea at the watchtower.

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