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Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary

Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary
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1190 Ohauiti Road, Tauranga
0800 124 377
http://www.mount-tutu.co.nz
Journey to the Protected Queen Elizabeth II National Trust paradise of Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary, a Podocarp Native Rainforest with trees over 500 years old. You will be treated as VIP’s by the warm and welcoming hosts, Tim and Debbie Short and daughters.

All guests receive a hearty English/Continental breakfast and a guided evening Glow Worm Tour to a natural forest fairyland for an up close experience with these unique native luminous lights. Your separate accommodation are enchanting “Whare” with ensuite, built using recycled materials in amongst nature and near to the dining lounge that’s exclusive to guests.

Your stay at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary will be an immersion in the natural ecology while being informed on the ongoing bush and bird conservation programmes. Be invigorated with nature’s elixir, - pure spring water from the Sanctuary. Feel the awe inspiring energy of stunning romantic sunsets and the crystal night skies of distant galaxies. Receive the relaxing therapy of awakening to native bird song – Tui, Piwakawaka (fantail), Bellbird, Kereru (woodpigeon), Waxeye, Grey Warbler, Kaka, Shining Cuckoo, Pukeko and Paradise Duck etc. At night listen to the haunting call of the native owl Morepork (ruru) and by day be at peace while watching the hypnotic soaring of Harrier Hawke’s and the preying Bush Falcon.

At Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary you can go on tranquil bush walks; enjoy the large garden, meandering pathways, wetland areas and many secluded seats and vistas. You can handfeed the inquisitive closed flock of heritage Mount Tutu Sheep that are piebald with majestic horns. You will arrive as strangers and after your special experience leave as friends feeling refreshed with a spring in your step.

Facilities

2 King/Twin 2 Double Trundler beds available for small children Bathrooms: 3 with ensuite - 1 with seperate bathroom

Total Capacity

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Activities

Evening Glow Worm Tour, Bush Walks, Garden Walks, Tennis Court, Animal Feeding, Evening Concert (sometimes), Bird Watching, 40 minutes from Rotorua Thermal Wonderland, 30 minutes from diving with dolphins, 45 minutes from Hobbiton, 30 minutes from Mount Maunganui

Tariff Includes

Full Breakfast (continental/cooked), Evening Glow Worm Tour

Directions

12 kilometres south from junction of State Highway 2 and State Highway 29, 11.86 kilometres up Ohauiti Road.
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