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Experience NZ native forest as it would have been hundreds of years ago. Explore walking trails that evoke landscapes reminiscent of fairy-tales, myths and legends and discover native wildlife and ancient creatures such as the rare Tuatara, Kiwi, Kaka and Takahe as they flourish in their predator free environment.

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Waipa, New Zealand

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Surrounded by 4.7kms of predator proof fence, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (Maungatautari Ecological Island Reserve) is 3,400 hectares of thriving native forest and wildlife.

For the adventurous, a hike over the mountain will take most of the day and provide wide reaching views from the top of Pukeatua Peak, while the southern enclosure boast five walks of varying lengths for ample bird watching opportunities.

The southern enclosure features two bird feeding areas where visitors can watch Kaka and Takahe as they feed and cool off in the bird baths only metres away, as well as the canopy tower which climbs 16 metres into the treetops of the forest canopy.

A visit to the wetlands at Maungatautari is a must with not only Takahe but the rare Tuatara calling this section home. The easily camouflaged Tuatara enjoys basking in the sunshine, so be on the lookout for a sunny spot close to shrubs.

Guided tours of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari are on offer via the visitor centre offering further insight into the continued work and achievements of the reserve, as well as knowledge of the fauna and birdlife that call this mountain home.