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Guided Forest Tour of Sanctuary Mountain

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

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Sanctuary Mountain® Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island located in the North Island of New Zealand where you can experience the ancient feel of an old-growth, native forest protected from introduced pests by the world’s longest multi-species predator-proof fence. 

Your guided forest walk will be enriched as you are accompanied by one of our passionate and knowledgeable guides who will share the stories of Sanctuary Mountain®  with you as you explore the beautiful walking tracks of Te Tūī a Tāne - the Southern Enclosure.

Take in the majesty of our indigenous forest and try to spot the numerous bird species which make the maunga - mountain their home.  Spend time in the clearing where our kākā like to hang out and take an optional walk up the viewing tower for a unique perspective of the forest canopy from above.

What You'll Get

Your guided tour will depart from the Sanctuary Mountain® Maungatautari visitor centre. Here your guide will intoduce you to the project and you will have the opportunity to see how our multi-species predator-proof fence keeps pests away.

Your group will gather to hear the history of the project before entering Te Tūī a Tāne - the southern enclosure of the forest. As you make your way along the paths of the sanctuary's ancient, vibrant, pest-free forest your guide will share stories of the 'maunga' mountain, along with their intimate knowledge of it's fauna and native wildlife, including many of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered insects, birds and fish.

Further into the forest you can climb the lookout tower which is a 16m high platform in the tree tops. Here you can view the forest from the upper canopy and listen to the sounds of the forest and marvel at it's biodiversity.  You may have an opprtunity to meet our resident kaka, New Zealand's native parrot. These cheeky characters like to get up close.

From here you may choose to make your own way out of the forest, or stroll back with your guide, to the visitor centre where you can use the facilities, relax and take in the view. Here you will find informative displays and information about other guided tours and events at Sanctuary Mountain®.  You can also purchase refreshments and souvenirs, with all proceeds going towards conservation projects on the 'maunga' mountain.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please arrive a minimum of 10 minutes prior to departure
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wear sensible walking footwear
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Professional guide
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks

1 hour 30 minutes

Return Details
Guided tour ends back at the Visitor Centre.

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

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The Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised Goods and services.