Sanctuary Mountain is New Zealand’s largest mainland ecological island, located in the North Island south of Cambridge. It is as close to a prehistoric New Zealand environment as you will find.
It is surrounded by one of the world’s longest pest-proof fences. Sanctuary Mountain’s ancient forest offers a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats, and insects. It’s within this pest-free environment many of our rarest native creatures flourish.
With this gift you enjoy a seasonal highlights tour of this ambitious conservation project. Meet at the visitor centre and join your guide for a walk into the heart of Te Tūī ā Tāne southern enclosure. Your guide will identify some of the local flora and fauna and share stories about the conservation work of Sanctuary Mountain. They will introduce you to the flowers, berries, fruit and fungi of the different seasons.