Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, North Island

(4.6/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
Explore the natural abundance at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, a conservation project and reserve stretching over 34 sq km (13 sq mi) of forest. Protected by a large pest-proof fence that keeps non-indigenous mammalian life out, the sanctuary supports a great wealth of plant and animal life admirably reminiscent of New Zealand's pre-human environment. Endangered species, such as the stitchbird (or hihi, in Maori), enjoy life under the care of the dedicated staff, who are also on hand for guided tours and visitor information. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to learn about the richness of the mountain and the importance of conservation projects in the upkeep of New Zealand's environment and heritage. Before you head to Arapuni, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Arapuni vacation builder, to make sure you see all that Arapuni has to offer, including Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.
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TripAdvisor
  • It was not busy on a Saturday afternoon when we visited. The staff were exceptionally friendly and efficient and took great pains to ensure that we were properly orientated. There are a number of trac...  more »
  • This was a place where you need a guide for the first part of the day to help with all the birds and trees you can see. After we spent about 2 hours with the guide we were given a tag to go back in an...  more »
  • We did the Guided Forest Tour which was so beautiful and interesting. The forest is stunning with all manner of plant life along the paths creating a lush habitat for the many birds that live there. T...  more »
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  • Awesome facility with amazing guides and information about the wildlife protected there. Highly recommended!
  • Hi, We didn't take a tour but were impressed by the friendliness and knowledge of the staff and lovely facilities. The kaka were great fun to watch and we had lots of close up experience with them. Even landed on the tower. My husband saw his first ever kiwi in the wild one night (plus glow worms) - a real bucket list for him. Also saw whiteheads, tomtits, keruru, bellbirds and fantails. We spotted kokopu in the kokopu pond as well as 17-20 kura and this in the daytime! Also saw a pair of saddlebacks near there. Check out the new murals on the lower track. Only negative was the magpies. Very impressive undertaking and truly magnificent trees. Thks also to the volunteers. Liz & John
  • Definitely worth taking the guided tour if you're not familiar with the local flora and fauna, the folks who work here are really dedicated people who obviously love the place and their jobs.
  • I went on a tour of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari on 19 August 2015 and I was disappointed for several reasons: 1. The tour included how Maori ate Kereru and Moa for food and survival however there is no information about the major impact and devastation to the natural habitat and wildlife, and that is caused by deforestation and farming destroying about 90% of NZ's natural landscape. This business needs to be truthful and reveal these major facts; 2. The tour guide mentioned that Maori supported forestry, however, he did not state that forestry companies are owned mainly by non-Maori, and Maori have depended on these industries for survival due to high unemployment and the illegal confiscations by the Government of their lands in the 1860s; 3. The guide stated that the tour guides at Whirinaki Rainforest do not provide a scientific view. I have been there recently, and their guides provide both a cultural view and a scientific view. The main drivers of tourists to NZ is the natural landscape (destroyed by farming) then Maori culture. If your business provides an unbalanced representation of Maori, how can you develop a positive relationship with world recognised Maori tourism providers such as at Waitomo Caves and Rotorua, to intercept tourists, whom I have a positive relationship with. Very disappointed.
  • Great forest