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Secrets of the Tautari Wetland

Ticket Information

  • Adult: $60.00 each
  • Child (5-16 years): $28.00 each
  • Family (2 Adults & up to 3 Children: $165.00 each
  • Concession (Valid for NZ; Supergold, Community Services, or Student ID cardholders): $48.00 each
  • Additional fees may apply


  • Thu 15 Feb 2024, 9:30am–11:00am
  • Sat 17 Feb 2024, 9:30am–11:00am
  • Wed 21 Feb 2024, 9:30am–11:00am
  • Tue 27 Feb 2024, 9:30am–11:00am
  • Thu 29 Feb 2024, 9:30am–11:00am

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Nestled in the valley below Manu Tīoriori visitor centre is the Tautari wetland. Protected by both a QEII covenant and our pest-proof fence, this picturesque wetland habitat is a safe haven for a growing population of tuatara and a family of takahē.

One of our knowledgeable guides will take you through the tuatarium in search of the well-camouflaged tuatara as they bask near the entrances to their burrows. Tuatara are the sole surviving members of an ancient group of reptiles found only in New Zealand. Encountering a tuatara for the first time can transport you to a pre-historic world!

Observe the endearing takahē, a New Zealand conservation icon. Thought to be lost forever, takahē made history when they were rediscovered in the remote mountains of Fiordland in 1948. This large, flightless bird helped shape the future of conservation techniques in Aotearoa. By booking on this tour, your contribution helps Sanctuary Mountain® Maungatautari contribute to the Department of Conservation's takahē recovery programme.


This walk includes a complimentary Sanctuary Explorer Pass, to be redeemed during daylight hours, and on the day of it's issue.

This walk is 75-80 minutes long. Please allow 10-15 minutes to walk to and from the wetland enclosure.

*Please note this tour has seasonal availability and restrictions:

Viewing of tuatara is reliant on seasonal temperature variations and, like us, they prefer to be tucked up inside their burrows during the winter months of June- August.

Viewing of takahē may be restricted during their breeding season October through January.

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