Please visit www.sanctuarymountain.co.nz for all visitor info


Maungatautari, located in the Waikato region in the central North Island of New Zealand, is an exciting place to visit – with 47kms of predator proof fence enclosing 3400 hectares in a sea of pastureland, it is the largest ecological island on mainland New Zealand.


With the eradication of mammalian predators largely complete, native bird populations are being re-introduced and trees and ferns are able to grow uninhibited.   This provides for a surprising new environment as the balance of species develops.


Come and experience our special mountain.


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Facilities Fee

As from 1st July 2013 there is now a facilities fee for entry to Te Tui a Taane, Southern Enclosure.  The prices are:

Adult 17 +                                                              $15.00

Child 5-16                                                                $6.00

Senior/Student with ID                                          $10.00

Family 2 adults and up to 3 children 5-16 yrs       $34.00

Additional child                                                        $6.00


Please note Seniors must present their gold card to be eligible.


Become a member

We are in the process of developing a membership programme. If you would like information about this please contact us and we will send you the details as soon as they are available.


Saddleback release

40 saddleback (tieke) were released on Maungatautari, adding yet another native bird species to our growing number of rare and endangered New Zealand wildlife. It is the first time in more than a century that tieke have been on the maunga, the earlier birds having been wiped out, along with most other native bird species, by predators before the turn of the twentieth century. 


Guided tours now available

We are pleased to introduce our range of guided tours, from an introduction to our project to a full-day walk over the mountain. Find out more



Visitor Centre Now Open 7 days

We're pleased to announce that our fabulous new Maungatautari Visitor Centre 'Manu Tioriori' is now open 7 days a week. Located at 99 Tari Road, right next to the entrance to the Southern Enclosure, at the Visitor Centre you'll find modern toilets, information about the maunga and what's happening, souvenirs and refreshments. The Visitor Centre is also the base for all our guided walks.

Opening times:

Monday-Friday: 10am - 6.00pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 6.00pm



16 October 2012 - Welcome Home, Tuatara!

In what has become known as the “great tuatara airlift”, some 260 tuatara are being flown from Stephens Island in Cook Strait to various sanctuaries around New Zealand. Maungatautari will receive 60 of these amazing taonga with 40 being released on the main mountain and 20 in the Tuatarium.

You can see the Tuatarium for yourself with a guided tour.










2012/13 AGM Documents

Follow the links for the following documents from our AGM held on Monday 21st October 2013 at 7pm at Don Rowlands Centre, Lake Karapiro:


2012/13 Annual Report

Audited Accounts as at June 2013



Kokako Reintroduction

We are now raising funds to reintroduce kokako to the maunga in 2014.  Click here for further information.




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Supporters Update

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Planning A Research Project?

All research projects on Maungatautari need to have permission from the Natural Heritage Management Committee before they begin.  If you are planning to carry out a research project on Maungatautari please print the attached form, complete all sections and post the completed form to MEIT, PO Box 476, Cambridge 3450, or scan and email to mail@maungatrust.org for approval.  This needs to be received two weeks prior to the next committee meeting, to be held on the second Tuesday of every second month, i.e.  last meeting was held on 11 June 2013.




Aerial view


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