Sanctuary Mountain - Maungatautari is New Zealand's largest mainland sanctuary for native wildlife.You can experience an ancient, vibrant and pest free forest that is alive with native wildlife.It's another world where the forest towers above well maintained walking tracks and the air is filled with bird song. Many of New Zealand's rarest and most endangered flora and fauna coexist with birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats and insects here.



Sanctuary Mountain Southern Enclosure and Secrets of the Tuatara Wetlands guided tours


3 or more Pax - $152 pp

2 Pax - $189 pp

1 Pax - $200 pp

Sanctuary by night


$131 pp minimum 4 x people



Step through the pest-proof gate into another world and witness what the natural New Zealand forest looked like before pests were introduced here. You'll learn about many indigenous plants and try and spot the numerous bird species which make the mountain their home. The key achievements to date at the sanctuary include the reintroduction of 13 threatened species, such as the western North Island brown kiwi. takahe, tuatara, and the giant weta. This has been achieved through the successful eradication of all introduced pest mammals.

Explore the Tuatara Wetland and learn why wetlands need to be restored. Walk around the tuatarium for an insight into the fascinating tuatara,their history, life cycle and unique physical characteristics. If you're really lucky, you'll meet the takahe - once thought extinct, these flightless birds were rediscovered in 1948. 

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautaris' success can be put down to the amazing collaborate of it's 400 volunteers from the local community, local Maori, landowners and the local council. This sanctuary is recognised for it's international ecological significance. 


Door to door transportation, guided tours with informative commentary from dedicated guides, and entry to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. We also supply complimentary sunscreen and loan umbrellas.


You'll need to bring money for lunch and an ice cream. Wear comfortable walking shoes and we recommend you bring a hat to protect yourself from the elements as it gets quite cold in the winter and hot in the summer. A camera is an absolute must or a good phone that takes spectacular photos. Get set for a great day out with your guide and driver, Alex.  


This tour is approximately 5 - 6 hours long departing Taupo around 9.30 am and returning at approximately 2.30 pm. 

Real Kiwi Tours

+64 27 935 9318