Share the mauri and the mana of the maunga - 21st February

From NZD $45.00
  • Duration: 75 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Pukeatua, New Zealand
  • Product code: SMMSTMAMOTM21FEB

The story of Tāne-mahuta, god of the forest and birds, separating his parents, Rangi-nui and Papatūānuku is a reminder that we are all related – the land, the weather, trees, insects, reptiles, fish, birds and of course, us! Ourforest ecosystem would not function without these connections. When our ancestors, both Māori and Pākehā,  arrived on New Zealandshores, they were met by towering forest trees and a wall of birdsong. The forest was and continues to be essential to life in New Zealand. 

Join Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari guide Daniel in a special guided tour experience of Te Tui a Taane, our southern enclosure, as he shares his passion for the ngahere (forest) and mātauranga Māori (traditional knowledge).

  • Experience indigenous forest protected by a korowai whakaruruhau (our pest-proof fence) 
  • Find out about the special names of the peaks of Maungatautari 
  • Kōrero with Daniel about the resourcefulness of our tūpuna through examples of the traditional uses of plants of the ngahere (forest) 
  • Learn about many of the special plants and their relationship to other living things including us!  
  • Enjoy the waiata (songs) of the manu tīoriori (songbirds) around you     

Come on a tour of discovery where nature is the ultimate teacher!


  • Suitable for all ages.
  • Please report to the Visitor Centre by 5.00pm.
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes (closed shoes) and bring a light jacket as it can get quite cold in the forest at night.