Who owns Maungatautari?

The Maungatautari restoration project covers 3400 hectares of forested, extinct volcano in the Waikato basin, between Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Putaruru, in the central North Island of New Zealand. The land is owned by Maori, private landowners and the Crown.

How did Maungatautari get its name?

Maungatautari can be translated as ‘suspended mountain’. It is said that the name was given by Tainui tohunga Rakataura, who first saw the mountain rising above the fog that often blankets Waikato.

How big is Maungatautari?

113 square kilometres
The Maungatautari statistical area, which is 113 square kilometres, had a population of 822 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 72 people (9.6%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 105 people (14.6%) since the 2006 census.

What animals are at Maungatautari?

Since the completion of the pest-proof fence, 14 species of mammalian predator have been totally eradicated from the mountain, which is now home to many threatened species including kaka, hihi (stitchbird), takahe, Mahoenui giant weta, popokatea (whitehead), pitoitoi (North Island robin), tieke (saddleback), kiwi and …

How old is maungatautari?

This ancient eco-system has been recognised as a reserve since 1912 and nearly 100 years later the community came together to restore and protect this precious environment with a pest-proof fence.

What is a predator proof sanctuary?

The cap stops predators from climbing over it, and underground mesh prevents them from digging their way in. The spiral leads predators running along the fence into traps and bait stations. North Island brown kiwi, whiteheads and robins have been introduced to this sanctuary.

Where does the Waikato River begin and end?

Key facts

Length 425km – New Zealand’s longest river
Headwaters Mt Ruapehu
Finishes Flows out to sea at Puuaha o Waikato (Port Waikato)
Passes through Lake Taupō, Huka Falls, Cambridge, Hamilton, Ngaruawahia and Huntly
Taonga to Waikato-Tainui, Raukawa, Ngati Tūwharetoa and the Te Arawa iwi

Can you visit Cape Sanctuary?

It is not open to the public but guests at Mr Robertson’s $2000-a-night Farm at Cape Kidnappers hotel can pay another $600 to accompany sanctuary staff carrying out health checks on kiwis. RNZ understood these tours were often held when guests demanded them, even if it meant kiwis were handled more than they should.

How many hectares is maungatautari mountain?

3400 hectares
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a must do when visiting New Zealand. The enormity of the project, at 3400 hectares, makes it one of the largest pest-proof fenced projects in the world.

What does Ecosanctuary mean?

Definitions. noun. grammar. An ecological sanctuary, where wildlife can be preserved.

When was maungatautari turned into a sanctuary?

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari began with a dream to protect the plant and animal species living on Maungatautari. This ancient eco-system has been recognised as a reserve since 1912 and nearly 100 years later the community came together to restore and protect this precious environment with a pest-proof fence.

What is the deepest part of the Waikato River?

A 20m cliff towers above the Waikato on the western bank, where the river is at its deepest.

When was Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust formed?

In 2001 Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust (MEIT) was formed when the community, including landowners, local iwi and residents came together with an aim to restore and protect this precious ecosystem.

Where is Maungatautari mountain in New Zealand?

The Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust is a charitable trust. Maungatautari is a 3400-hectare forested mountain in Waikato, east of Te Awamutu and south-east of Cambridge and Hamilton. The ecological island surrounds the mountain with a 47-kilometre pest-proof fence.

What kind of ecosystem is sanctuary mountain Maungatautari?

With most of the mountain mature and intact conifer/broadleaf/podocarp forest, the functioning ecosystem on Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is as close to the pre-human New Zealand environment as it’s possible to find. It’s also the example of what the future holds if Predator Free 2050 is successful.

Why did they remove Maungatautari from New Zealand?

By removing all mammals from Maungatautari it has provided a safe environment to reintroduce some of New Zealand’s most endangered species back to their natural habitat.