Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, North Island

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#47 of 203 in Nature in North Island
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. Make Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari a centerpiece of your Pukeatua vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Pukeatua trip planner .
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  • After visiting the fenced area several times we decided to give the over the mountain track a try..great walk through native nz forest upto the saddle from the visitor centre..listen and look for nati...  more »
  • We went early before others so for the most part it was very quiet so you could hear the wonderful song birds, hear their wings and locate the birds. We saw 5 types, some multiple times. 5km walked in...  more »
  • A well-worthwhile visit, but you do need to know where you are going before you set off - the ecological sanctuary is VERY poorly signposted, and even when right there makes no mention of birds. There...  more »

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