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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Maungatautari. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Maungatautari is an ancient volcano which dominates the central Waikato basin. It is the ancestral home of the Ngāti Raukawa tribe and is widely referred to in their songs and proverbs. Since 2002 the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust has worked to restore the forest on Maungatautari mountain, and reintroduce long-lost bird species such as kiwi, kākā, takahē and hihi (stitchbird).

Kakepuku to Maungatautari,

Ngāti Raukawa,

Māori settlement - Waikato region,

Sound credit: Īnia Te Wīata, Waiata Maori, compact disc, Kiwi Pacific Records International,, Kiwi CD SLC-225.

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Maungatautari Mountain - Roadside Stories