Maungatautari mountain, or Sanctuary Mountain as it is also known, is a mature native forest that's now home to some of our country's rarest native birds.
With the help of 47km of predator-proof fencing, Maungatautari now has 3,400 hectares of pest-free mountain reserve, south of Cambridge, enabling the re-introduction of native birds and protection of endangered species such as kaka, hihi, takahe, giant weta and popokatea.
The 2012 addition of 20 tuatara housed in the 'Tuatarium' at the southern entrance adds to the appeal of the Maunga (mountain).
The Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust welcomes visitors to what it calls "the last place on earth . . ." - about a 20 minute drive from Cambridge - and describes its purpose as removing forever "introduced mammalian pests and predators from Maungatautari, and restore to the forest a healthy diversity of indigenous plants and animals not seen in our lifetime."
It takes almost two hours to walk from the Tari Road entrance to the summit, while it takes just over half an hour to walk through bush to get to the viewing tower.