Suitable for all ages
Native New Zealand species are in abundance here due to the protection given to them by the world’s longest pest-proof fence. These include, native species of birds, bats, frogs and reptiles as well as tuatara and giant weta.
There are well maintained walking tracks which you can enjoy by yourself or as part of a paid guided tour (tours must be booked at least 24 hrs in advance).
There are several different areas to explore within the pest-proof fence. Average walking times for each vary so it’s a good idea to check out the details here for what each area offers, so you can plan your visit ahead of time. The paths are gravel based, so better suited to sturdy 3 wheeled buggies, especially if it’s been raining. Some routes are quite steep and others like the Wetlands track, have steps. If your kid is unable to walk along these sections of path, you might be better off carrying them in a backpack or front pack rather than taking a buggy. It’s a good idea to check with staff at reception before you head out.
The visitors’ centre is a good place to retreat to if it starts to rain, with information displays and a kids’ corner both here. It’s worth noting that only a limited number of snacks are available to buy (in the visitor centre) so a good idea to bring food and drinks with you.
TOP TIP: Up to 3 kids go free with paying adults during the school holidays, so it’s a great time to visit if you want to save money!
Photo credits: The Tower – Sanctuary Mountain; The family in the Tautari Wetland – Tali Jellyman; The Takahe – Corin Walker Bain.
Related tagsCambridge, Outside, Waikato
Tel: 07 870 5180
Address: 99 Tari Road, Pukeatua, South of Cambridge (about a 30-40 minute drive from the centre of Cambridge).
Open: The sanctuary, including visitors’ centre, is open daily 8.30am – 4pm. The Mountain Track and Northern Enclosure can be visited at anytime but for your own safety, it’s advisable to go during daylight hours.
Prices: Adults (17 years+) $18, Kids (5-16 years) $8 Family Pass (2A+3K) $40. Guided tour prices are Adults (17 years+) $35, Kids (5-16 years) $15 Family Pass (2A+3K) $85 including the entrance fee.