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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Year Started: 
Contact Person: 
John Simmons
Phone Number: 
(07) 870 5180
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Group Members: 
99 Tari Road, Pukeatua
Pukeatua 3880
New Zealand

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island located in the North Island of New Zealand. Surrounded by the world’s longest pest-proof fence, Sanctuary Mountain’s ancient forest offers a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species – from birds to bats, frogs to reptiles, tuatara to giant weta.

With the erection of our fence complete and mammalian pests eradicated, our focus now turns to the following areas:

  • Monitoring the mountain to ensure our predator-free environment stays that way;

  • The continued restoration of the forest and wetlands areas.

  • Further reintroduction of indigenous species. The most recent being the songbird kokako.

  • The implementation of a visitor strategy with the goal of becoming a sustainable enterprise that ensures the longevity of the project.


Ballance Agri-Nutrients, BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust, Department of Conservation, Environment Waikato, Fonterra, Lion Foundation, Mighty River Power, Transpower, Trust Waikato, Waipa District Council, The Scottwood Trust