Are you interested in getting closer to Kiwis and witnessing them in their natural habitats? Then you the Sanctuary Mountain Kiwi Experience is the one for you.

Sanctuary Mountain is an ecological island, which is located in the North Island of New Zealand. It is protected by one of the longest pest-proof fences. Hence, Sanctuary Mountain’s ancient forest presents a sanctuary for populations of many of New Zealand’s most endangered species such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats and insects.

Sanctuary Mountain is open to the public. If you are a nature lover, this will be an experience that you should certainly not want to. You will explore the beautiful Sanctuary Mountain nature firsthand. Encounter wildlife like never before, while getting closer to the kiwi birds. At Sanctuary Mountain, you will have a unique kiwi release experience. A great opportunity, not found anywhere else in the world. The kiwis will be released to the native bushes of the Sanctuary Mountain.

The Sanctuary Mountain Kiwi Experience guided tour will last for two hours. During the two-hour period, you will be provided with the opportunity to experience following:
• A comprehensive demonstration on kiwi monitoring
• A journey to the kiwi release site
• A journey to the Te Tui a Tane enclosure
• The initiatives taken by Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari to protect kiwis

How to book?

You can book via their website at

Upcoming tours: Fri 22 Nov 2019, 12:00pm–2:00pm and Fri 29 Nov 2019, 12:00pm–2:00pm 

Limited spaces available. A moderate level of fitness is required. Special terms and conditions apply.

Bookings need to be made at least 76 hours in advance and are subject to availability and weather conditions. Children up to 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Important Information
The welfare of the kiwi is paramount. The kiwi will only be handled by our accredited kiwi handler(s) and Kiwi Experience participants must follow the instructions of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari staff at all times.