Take delight in our Podocarp Native Rainforest and wander through the bush walks where giant trees stand. Stay for a night, or as long as you like! A stay at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary is an Outdoor Education Experience and immersion in the Natural Ecology and the ongoing Bush and Bird Conservation programmes at the Sanctuary. After dark, enter the enchanted forest and have a night-time Glow-Worm experience. We provide headlamps and protective clothing and take you down into our Glow-Worm Grotto where you have an up close and personal experience with these unique fairyland native luminous lights, a wonder of nature.
At Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary, awaken to native bird song. Watch and listen to native birds: Tui, Piwakawaka (Fantail), Bellbird, Kereru (Woodpigeon), Waxeye, Pukeko, Grey Warbler, Paradise Duck, and at night listen to the haunting call of the native owl, the Morepork (Ruru). Be enchanted by the majestic Harrier Hawke as it soars. The Kereru swoop above your head, the Fantail flit around you, and the Tui with the white tuft on its neck sings its melody all day long, and the Bell Bird rings its bells across the forest. Spring is heralded by the arrival of the Shining Cuckoo from the Solomon Islands.
Hand feed the unique Mount Tutu Sheep, a closed flock of Heritage Sheep, characterised by majestic horns and piebald markings.
At Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary you can experience:
As Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary is a Protected Conservation Area, all access needs to be prearranged by appointment. Bookings are only taken by email or phone. The gardens are not open for casual visitors and the Glow Worm Tours are exclusive to staying guests.
Secluded and limited to a small number of Guests.
The Short family, Tim, Debbie, Rebecca, Jacinda and Louisa, look forward to meeting you.