Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is the largest pest-proof fenced sanctuary in the world, located in the Waikato. The 47km fence circles remnant indigenous forest. The aim is to re-establish an ecosystem as close to pre-human arrival as possible.
Maungatautari Mountain was first made into a reserve in 1912. In 2000, a pest-proof fence was installed and a year later the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust was formed. The large size (over 3,300 hectares) and quality of the habitat means it’s a viable home for self-sustaining populations of many of our most endangered species. Since 2000, 12 different species have been re-introduced.
The ecological restoration of Maungatautari involves the maintenance of its pest free status. It conducts ongoing translocation of threatened and endangered species and is creating a reservoir of North Island brown kiwi.
The sanctuary hopes to inspire both domestic and international visitors with its conservation work and educates them on ways to become involved. In 2016 – 2017 more than 16,000 people visited the sanctuary.
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a finalist in the Restoring Nature category of the 2017 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards