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.
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.
Monday-Friday: 10am - 4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 4.30pm
16 October - Welcome Home, Tuatara!
In what has been come 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 AGM Documents
Follow the links for the following documents from our AGM to be held Monday 27th August 2012 at 6.30pm at Don Rowlands Centre, Lake Karapiro:
We are now raising funds to reintroduce kokako to the maunga in 2014. Click here for further information.
Letter of Appreciation
Click here to view a letter received from Resource Management Law Association Conference.
EcoQuest - Five minute Bird Count Results
Follow this link to see a report prepared by EcoQuest regarding the results of the five minute bird counts from 2007 to 2011.
Kiwi Ingenuity - Volunteers at Work
Our News Editor recently went out into the field to see what some of our volunteers were doing. Read the full story here.
We have an urgent need for volunteers to:
If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer for a great cause, follow this link to fill in the Volunteer Registration form and send your details to us.
Planning A Research Project?
All research projects on Maungatautari need to have permission from the Biodiversity 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.