Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, North Island

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#42 of 141 in Nature in North Island
Island Nature / Park
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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  • 16th July 2017 Started from the Northern side at Hicks Road. The walk starts over farmland for the first 20 mins or so and is a nice easy warm up for things to come. Once in the enclosure you follow t...  more »
  • After driving many days through sheepscapes and introduced pinescapes, finding a restoration project like Maungatautari was a genuine "find". I could have spend a few days here, but the short 1-day vi...  more »
  • This is an amazing project. The creation of the pest prevention fence was a feat in itself. I'm frequently grateful to people who are so committed to caring for our country's fauna and flora by giving...  more »

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