Maungatautari (Maungatautari Ecological Island Reserve) is the largest ecological ‘island’ on mainland New Zealand. It is a haven for native wildlife and plants such as kiwi, kokako (wattlebird), tuatara and more, with a range of great walking and hiking tracks.
The maunga is surrounded by 47kms of predator proof fence enclosing 3,400 hectares of Mt Maungatautari, which keeps out mammalian predators so that native bird populations, trees and ferns are able to flourish uninhibited.
Visit the sanctuary mountain website here.
The main entrance to Maungatautari Reserve is at 99 Tari Road, Pukeatua. The reserve can also be accessed via Hicks Road from 1 January 2022.
View the Maungatautari Reserve Management Plan here.