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Ancient Forest Guided Tour - Sanctuary Mountain

See more, hear more, experience more with our guided tour.


  • Enjoy a 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

Experience more on a guided tour of Sanctuary Mountain's southern enclosure site Te Tui a Tane.

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.

See some of the resident birds such as hihi (stitch bird), korimako (bellbird), pītoitoi (North Island robin) and kākā (cheeky forest parrot). Marvel at the pest-free native forest with towering awa, rewarewa, pukatea and rimu trees along with a variety of beautiful ferns.

Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will identify the flora, fauna and wildlife you encounter and there is an optional walk up the 16-meter high observation tower for stunning views.

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

Want to explore on your own? Click here for the Explorer Pass!

Adult $58.00
Concession $47.00 (Valid for NZ Supergold, Community Services, or Student ID cardholders)
Child $27.00 (Aged 5 - 16 years)
Family $160.00 (2 Adults + up to 3 Children)

What's included

  • 1 hour 15 minute tour of Sanctuary Mountain's southern enclosure site Te Tui a Tane.
  • This tour includes a complimentary Sanctuary Explorer Pass to be used on the same day.


  • 1 hour 15 minutes


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

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • All tours are subject to availability and weather conditions. Guided tours depart rain or shine. We only cancel tours in the case of an extreme weather situation.

    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.

  • Getting Here - Drive Times:

    From Cambridge - 35 minutes

    From Hamilton - 55 minutes

    From Rotorua - 1 hour

    From Tauranga - 1 hour 10 minutes

    From Taupo - 1 hour 20 minutes


10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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