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Phone 07 870 5180

Address 99 Tari Road, Pukeatua, New Zealand View Map



Join us in exploring the magical night-time world of Sanctuary Mountain® Maungatautari with our experienced guides leading you in search of nocturnal forest wonders. Marvel at the twinkling lights of glow-worms, see the brilliance of the undersides of silver fern fronds and gaze up at the stars from the top of the tower on a crystal clear night, away from the bright lights of the city.

The 2 hour tour begins approximately 15 minutes before sunset. We can supply you with torches and it’s a gentle, slow walk on easy graded tracks.

We will search by torchlight for spiders, millipedes, beetles and the many species of wētā that venture out at night in search of food.

Discover the important role Maungatautari has as a stronghold for kiwi and listen for their calls and the calls of ruru. In spring and summer, you might be lucky enough to see tiny long-tailed bats along the treeline at dusk or to hear the nocturnal calls of kākā.

Please note this is a private tour, scheduled by request only with a minimum of 48 hours notice at a time and day that accommodates your plans. A minimum charge of $319.00 (for up to 4 people) is required for this tour to operate.

For every booking thereafter the below prices apply with a maximum group size of 10 people per tour.

Extra Adults $79.50
Extra Concessions (Valid for NZ; Supergold, Community Services, or Student ID cardholders) $65.00
Extra Children (5 – 16yrs) $43.50
Extra Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $200.00

** Children up to 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

** Start and finish times of this tour are affected by seasonal variances, please click here for location specific guidance on sunset and dusk times.

** Bookings need to be made at least 48 hours in advance and are subject to availability and weather conditions.

To book your tour and for enquiries please contact the Sanctuary Mountain visitor centre on 07 870 5180 or

A minimum age of 10 years is recommended.

Sanctuary Mountain® at Night (Private Guided Tour)

99 Tari Road, Pukeatua, New Zealand

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