The Southern Enclosure is Maungatautari's showcase site, within which there are 5 kms of wide metalled walking tracks. Maps and signs at the main track junctions help guide your visit.






Admission Prices

Please visit our new Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Visitor Website for current admission prices.



There are no dangerous animals or poisonous creatures in New Zealand so you can relax as you wander through the enclosure and enjoy being surrounded by its natural environment. 


Points of Interest

  • Manu Tioriori a visit to our visitor centre Manu Tioriori is well worth the effort.  Say hello to our visitor host, receive current information on what to see and do in Te Tui a Taane, southern enclosure, have a hot or cold drink and a snack before proceeding into the enclosure.
  • Aviary with action inside and outside - used to house new arrivals and birds in transit, however is empty when no birds are being introduced. 
  • The Clearing for an experience with birds who visit the feeders placed in this area, rest on the seating provided and enjoy the avarian antics
  • Canopy tower for treetop views - a 16 metre structure designed to allow visitors to get up close to the forest canopy – watch out for kereru and kaka flying amongst the tree tops, and you may even spot a kokako.
  • Supplementary feeding stations for birds - green metal feeders are designed for kaka and those with red flowers for hihi (stitchbirds), check out the clearing beside the canopy tower for viewing birds.
  • Informative plant identification signs - these are best viewed when tracks are walked in a clockwise direction
  • Kaka nest boxes - located high in the trees - one box is likely to be fitted with a nest camera during spring.
  • Weta boxes - small wooden boxes affixed to tree trunks - open the door to see if anyone is home!





















  • Rata Track - 2.2kms (suitable for walkers with mild to medium level of fitness)  If you only have time for one walk then take this one which gives access to the canopy tower, the aviary and at least one supplementary feeding station. There are a number of seats located along the track.

  • Rimu Track - 2 kms (suitable for walkers with a medium level of fitness)  This track takes you into the tranquil interior of the enclosure where you will experience the peace of nature at its best with enhanced opportunities for bird sightings amongst some of the more magnificent of our native trees.
  • Nikau Track - 700m
  • Ponga Track - 130m




Guided Walks

We now have a range of guided walks available. See our Guided Tours page for details.




Maungatautari After Dark - Night Walks


Enjoy a delicious dinner at Out in the Styx Guesthouse, and experience how a regenerating New Zealand forest comes alive at night!  One of our knowledgeable Night Guides will show you New Zealand's native nocturnal wildlife in their natural habitat.

  • All night walks are by arrangement only
  • Maximum number for a group walk is 10 (minimum 4)
  • Headlights are supplied for the walk - otherwise dress warmly
  • Meet at Out in the Styx Guesthouse, Pukeatua
  • Bookings are essential - phone 0800 461 559
  • $90 per person including dinner (proceeds to Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust to support biodiversity management).

Wheelchair Access

Please note that we are not officially wheelchair accredited as our tracks are too steep to qualify. Whilst we have had visitors to the southern enclosure in push and motorized wheelchairs before who have managed, this is not always the case. We therefore recommend a pre-visit by someone familiar with the chair's capabilities before you book.