1-2 Hrs 5 km


  • Mountain scenery
  • Bird watching
  • Wētā boxes


  • by car:

    50 mins from Hamilton 


There is a fee to access this walk.

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is an ecological ‘island’ where you'll find native wildlife, plants and great walking trails.

Maungatautari Ecological Reserve, Waikato

The most popular walk in the reserve is the Southern Enclosure(Te Tuia a Taane). This family-friendly walk will appeal to all ages. Follow 5km of track as it winds through New Zealand forest and get up close with native birds such as kaka, peak inside the weta nest boxes, and climb the canopy viewing tower for a birds eye view of the forest below.

Signs with information are scattered along the track so you can find out more about the sights.

Surrounded by 47km of predator proof fencing, the reserve also includes the Tautari Wetlands area, home to native and ancient Tuatara and birdlife.

Alternative routes


  • The nearby Tautari track passes through a wetland valley which surrounds a lake.
  • Guided tours are available for the Sanctuary Mountain track and nearby tracks and experiences.

Find out more on the Sanctuary Mountain(opens in new window) website.

Getting there

The Maungatautari Ecological Island Reserve is close to Hamilton, Cambridge and Te Awamutu. To reach the visitor centre and Southern Enclosure, travel to Tari Road, Pukeatua. If you’re travelling with a GPS, enter: 99 Tari Road, Pukeatua.


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