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Maungatautari Ecological Island

Location of MaungatautariA forested volcanic cone rising above the Waikato basin near Cambridge.



South of Cambridge, east of Te Awamutu.


3363 hectares of forested public-owned Scenic Reserve administered by Waipa District Council and private land.

Organisations involved

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust,

Management history

Pest eradication was first carried out in pest-proof fenced exclosures on the north and southern sides. A 47 km pest-proof fence around the forested part of Maungatautari was completed in 2006. Poison bait (brodifacoum) was applied aerially to the reserve in two separate operations in late 2006.


Walking tracks through the exclosures and the main track over the mountain start from the end of Hicks Road (off Maungatautari Road at Maungatautari School) on the northern side, and Tari Road (off Arapuni Road at Pukeatua) on the southern side.