Maungatautari Ecological Island...

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust



6 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

45 Bird Watching

6 Cambridge



Maungatautari Island
North Island Kaka lives here


47kms of predator proof fence enclosing 3400 hectares in a sea of pastureland, it is the largest ecological inland island in New Zealand.

Eradication of introduced predators is largely complete, allowing native bird populations to be re-introduced and trees and ferns are able to grow uninhibited. This provides for a surprising new environment as the balance of species develops.


Feature Value Info


North IslandWaikatoCambridge


  • Bird Watching
  • Walking
  • Free




Tika's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

I think there should be a cafe outside and it should be a bit more welcoming

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Nancy Blindell

Ranking: 6/10

Great to see projects like his happening, and largely we paid our admission fee to support it. The walks were good for plant info but bird life was pretty hard to find. I think the forest is quite mature so the birds enjoy being up high in the canopy and hard to see. My comparison is the Orokonui Eco Sanctuary near Dunedin which is a similar predator proof fenced area which seemed better set up for visitors, great interpretation info, cafe, shop - better graded tracks and lots of bird life too!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Daniel Tix

Ranking: 8/10

Great place to see lots of birds and native plants. We had a tour to feed the animals, recommended but rather expensive. The guide was a knowledgeable volunteer, very good.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Hannah Fidora


Ranking: 7/10

A very nice walk (many walks) where you can discover different kinds of birds. It is also open at night so you can see Kiwi. $18 entrance fee.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Sina Sacranie


Ranking: 4/10

It was a lovely walk and got to see some nice birds - but too expensive - especially as DOC has sites for free.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Good walk. Southern enclosure is nearly pest free. Bush and birds are flourishing.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009