|Name||Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari|
|Full Address||New Zealand, Waikato, 99 Tari Road,Pukeatua 3800|
|Phone||07 870 5180|
|Fax||07 823 7456|
Approximately 30 minutes from Te Awamutu stands Maungatautari, a 3,400 hectare mountain wildlife sanctuary protected by a 47km pest proof fence.
Visitors to Maungatautari can expect to take a walk back in time – ecological time, and see what New Zealand was like before man brought 15 pest species to our shores – pests such as mice, rats and possums, which decimated our native wildlife population.
Visit the project’s showcase site – the southern enclosure. Enjoy a walk through regenerating forest along wide metalled tracks, climb the 16 metre forest canopy viewing tower and watch out for the kereru (woodpigeon) as they swoop by. Say hi to the kaka and takahe, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the hihi (stitchbirds) at the feeders.
Maungatautari provides walks for everyone from shorter walks (one – two hours) within the southern and northern enclosures to the trek up to Pukeatua peak, Maungatautari peak or across the mountain (five to six hours)
Kiwi, kaka, kokopu, (native trout) hihi (stitchbirds) ,takahe, pitoitoi and popokatea (whiteheads) have already been reintroduced into the pest free southern enclosure it’s an exciting time for the project as the native bird life increases, visually and audibly, and the plants flourish.
Guided day walks available by appointment – contact the Trust office on 07 823 7455.
Guided Night Walk
Enjoy a delicious dinner at Out in the Styx Guesthouse, and experience how a regenerating New Zealand forest comes alive at night! A knowledgeable night guide shows us New Zealand’s native nocturnal wildlife in their natural habitat and brief us on the largest and most ambitious total ecosystem recovery project in the world. Nowhere before has anyone attempted to remove and permanently exlude 15 species of introduced mammals from a 3,400ha forest environment and then restore the natural balance of that ecosystem.
Accompany our guide for a walk in the forest and be inspired by stories about the restoration of this national treasure and taonga of Ngati Koroki Kahukura.
We gain an insight into the nocturnal activity of a native forest. Already invertebrate life is exploding in the absence of rats and mice with large numbers of glow worms and wetas readily visible.
Kiwi and morepork (owl) can be regularly heard calling and we may be able to detect long tailed bats as they swoop through the forest feeding on the abundant insect life.
Guides will ensure that we have a safe, entertaining and informative visit but please recognise that this is a natural environment so viewing specific species cannot be guaranteed. It may also be affected by seasonal variation or weather.
Enjoy the visit and return regularly to witness this dramatic recovery now in progress!
Guided night walks are also available by appointment – contact Out in the Styx Guesthouse on Phone/Fax: 0800 461 559 for bookings.