A NATURAL EXPERIENCE

16 ACRES RAINFOREST PLUS WATER AREAS

RAINFOREST  GLOW WORMS  WILDLIFE  

   ECO EXPERIENCE

Outdoor Education In Bush Craft and Native Flora

 

 

Night-time Glow Worm Experience

Bush Walks

Large Woodland and Water Gardens

Awaken to Native Bird Song

Feed Unique Mount Tutu Sheep

Bird Watching

Peaceful and Personal

 

  Stay for a night, or as long as you like!   

A stay at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary is an Outdoor Education Experience

 and immersion in the Natural Ecology,  ongoing  Bush and Bird Conservation programmes at the Sanctuary and at the nearby Otanewainuku Forest.

At Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary, which is a "Mainland Island" Sanctuary, there are Pukatea Trees over 500 years old and a gravity defying Tawa giant that has a girth at its base of  5 metres.  

At Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary, there are four spring fed trickles of very pure water that are the high source of the Mangarewarewa Stream that becomes the Waimapu Stream, which then feeds the Waimapu Estuary into the Tauranga Harbour.

·       Challenge your senses and explore the GLOW WORM GROTTO

 after nightfall.  A magnificent fairyland sight of starlight splendour.   By chance you may also hear the haunting sound of the native owl, the  Morpork (Ruru).

·       Be guided, or self explore the rainforest tracks, trailing through ancient native bush.   New Zealand is a safe country with no dangerous animals, no snakes, no tropical diseases.

·       Hand feed the animals and waterfowl.

·       Hear the morning chorus of native birdsong.  

·       Stroll around the expansive gardens.

·       Enjoy the views as if you are soaring with the New Zealand Falcon 1000 ft up.

·    Outdoor Education in Bushcraft Native Flora/Fauna and Ecology  by Tim Short (a former Mountain Safety Council Bushcraft Instructor - former mountaineer and Search and Rescue Volunteer - currently a volunteer for the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust).  Tim also has had a Department of Conservation Permit since 1989 to breed native waterfowl and since 1995, Kakariki's (N.Z. native parakeet).  Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary has "Existing Use Rights" for Environmental Education up to 25 persons, which is now only a discretionary activity for new facilities since 2007.

 

 

A MAINLAND ISLAND SANCTUARY

A paradise that is protected by an Act of Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Act, a sanctuary that is ring fenced, allowing the natural environment to blossom.  This Sanctuary has had a conservation programme operating for the past 18 years to protect this natural environment. 

 

Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary - a destination, not just accommodation !

THIS IS A SPECIAL PLACE WHERE THE ENVIRONMENT IS RESPECTED 

AND NO NASTY CHEMICAL WEED SPRAYS ARE USED.

 

 

Vision for Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary Trust

Here at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary, we have strong ecological and environmental principles.  Our vision is to enhance the environment values through preservation and education.  Our objective at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary is to predator fence this 16 acre Bird and Rainforest Sanctuary with a 2.1 metre high fine mesh structure to provide a secure environment so that kiwi birds can be re-introduced to this paradise as they used to be 30 years ago.  

 

 

Otanewainuku is about 8 kilometres south-east in a direct line from Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary.

The Short family (Rebecca, Tim and Jacinda in photo) have been volunteers for the

 Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust from 2004 - 2014.

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Photos of Kiwi Release at Otanewainuku 15th April 2007:

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