Ancient Forest Guided Walk

From NZD $57.00
  • Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Pukeatua, New Zealand
  • Product code: AFGW

Join one of our knowledgeable and engaging guides on gently graded walking tracks. They’ll help you spot North Island robins, tomtits, kākā, tūī, bellbirds, hihi, tieke, fantails, kererū and wētā. They’ll introduce you to some of our local plants and trees and share stories about the history of this ambitious conservation project.

You’ll learn about the translocation programs that recently introduced kōkako and rifleman to a forest where they can thrive. Sanctuary Mountain® is now home to an estimated population of over 2500 kiwi.

This leisurely paced walk takes place in striking pest-free native forest dominated by towering tawa, rewarewa, pukatea, rimu and a wide variety of characteristic ferns. You will stand at the foot of a mature northern rata in the heart of the sanctuary and see the coalesced mass of roots that form the trunks of these magnificent trees. 

You’ll listen to the birdsong, take in the majesty of our indigenous forest and try to spot the numerous bird species that call the maunga their home. Spend time in the clearing where cheeky New Zealand forest parrots - the kākā - like to hang out then take an optional walk up the viewing tower for a unique perspective of the forest canopy from above.

These tours are generally with small groups. At the end of your walk, your guide can provide you with ideas of where in the forest to explore next, depending on your interests, or you may want to wander back for a cuppa at the Visitors Centre or bring your own snacks to sit and contemplate the beautiful ngahere.

By booking on this tour your contribution helps Sanctuary Mountain® continue to protect the rare and endangered species that live wild on Maungatautari. A complimentary Sanctuary Explorer Pass is included and we invite you to continue exploring the forest at the end of the tour.

Come and experience the reality of the Predator Free 2050 vision - we’re already there! 


Please check at least 10 minutes before your tour at Manu Tīoriori visitor centre.

  • Here you will pick up your Sanctuary Explorer Pass and visitor guide map and receive instructions as to where to meet your guide.
  • This is a 75-80 minute guided walk that usually finishes in the heart of Te Tūī ā Tāne southern enclosure. If you have limited time your guide may be able to accommodate a circular walking tour. 

***Please note the Sanctuary Explorer Pass can only be used during daylight hours on the day of it's issue.

Standard booking terms and conditions apply. If you need to reschedule please let us know as soon as you can.