"Winter Warmer" Highlights Tour
- Duration: 50 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Pukeatua, New Zealand
- Product code: WWHT
Did you know that autumn or winter is the flowering season of the Scarlet rātā vine (Metrosideros fulgens). This endemic climbing rātā lives out it's life as a vine, unlike the northern rātā (M. robusta), which generally begins as a hemi-epiphyte and grows into a huge tree. Scarlet rātā is often visible on well-lit host trees along forest paths, with vibrant displays of large red flowers (sometimes orange or yellow) that rise above the forest canopy.
Rātā are a major source of nectar for honey bees, and pollen for native bees. Kākā, tūī and korimako feed on the nectar and bats and lizards feed on the flowers. As possum populations have built up in unprotected forest areas, there has been a corresponding loss of rātā and some other forest species.
Come and join one of our passionate and knowledgeable guides on a seasonal highlights tour of this ambitious conservation project. Meet at the Manu Tīoriori visitor centre and join your guide for a walk into the heart of Te Tūī ā Tāne southern enclosure. Your guide will identify some of the local flora and fauna and share stories about the conservation work of Sanctuary Mountain® here at Maungatautari.
At the end of your tour you may like to check out our ancient rātā and explore the clearing. From here you can take an optional walk up the viewing tower for a unique perspective of the forest canopy from above and then continue along to take in the majesty of our indigenous forest and try to spot some of the numerous bird species which make the maunga - mountain their home.
Don't forget to head back to the visitor centre for a complimentary hot "cuppa" and a well deserved rest.
By booking on this tour your contribution helps Sanctuary Mountain® continue to protect the rare and endangered species that live wild on Maungatautari. This tour includes a complimentary Sanctuary Explorer Pass.
- Please check in at Manu Tīoriori visitor centre at least 15 minutes prior to your tour. Here you will pick up your Sanctuary Explorer Pass and visitor guide map and receive instructions as to where to meet your guide.
- The "Winter Warmer" highlights tour is a 45-50 minute guided tour that finishes in the heart of Te Tūī ā Tāne southern enclosure. From here you can continue to explore the forest at your leisure using your visitor guide map.
***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.