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Ancient Forest Guided Tour Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

The best way to explore Sanctuary Mountain is by guided tour. Join one of our knowledgeable and engaging guides on easy, gently graded walking tracks as they take you on an Ancient Forest Guided Tour of the sanctuary.

This leisurely paced tour takes place in striking pest-free native forest dominated by towering tawa, rewarewa, pukatea, rimu and a wide variety of characteristic ferns. You will stand at the foot of a mature northern rata in the heart of the sanctuary and see the coalesced mass of roots that form the trunks of these magnificent trees.

You’ll listen to the birdsong, take in the majesty of our indigenous forest and try to spot the numerous bird species that call the maunga their home. Spend time in the clearing where cheeky New Zealand forest parrots - the kākā - like to hang out then take an optional walk up the viewing tower for a unique perspective of the forest canopy from above.

These tours are generally with small groups. At the end of your tour, your guide can provide you with ideas of where in the forest to explore next, depending on your interests, or you may want to wander back for a cuppa at the Visitors Centre or bring your own snacks to sit and contemplate the beautiful forest / ngahere.

Your tour includes a free Sanctuary Explorer Pass for you to explore the forest yourself at the conclusion of your tour.

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