The unique Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary offers accommodation surrounded by lush rainforest. The property is a bird sanctuary to many species of bird life. Guests enjoy a free 1-hour evening glow worm tour, a 90-minute rainforest tour, and a daily continental/cooked breakfast. Located 365 metres above sea level, Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary B&B is 30 minutes' drive from Tauranga's town centre and Tauranga Airport. It is 35 minutes' drive from Mt Maunganui. Rotorua is a 45-minute drive away. Shared facilities include a communal lounge area with a dining setting and a library of books and games. A sun terrace and BBQ facilities are also provided for guest use. The property is ideally located for bush-walking and hiking. You can also visit and hand-feed the on-site Mount Tutu sheep.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.5)

Free private parking available on-site


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Room type
Number of guests
2 single beds
1 double bed
3 bunk beds
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Guest reviews


Value for money
High score for Ohauiti
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  • Brian
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Debbie and Tim are superb hosts, welcoming and enthusiastic to share their knowledge of the area. The glowworm guided walk was captivating and Tim's knowledge and passion for the subject as inspiring. The lodge is very clean and comfortable and...
  • Duco
    Netherlands Netherlands
    The beautiful nature walk, the excellent breakfast and the sweet couple made our stay unforgettable. The glow worms blew our minds and are reason enough to come visit.
  • Tui
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Beautiful caring hosts very welcoming and friendly.. Wonderful to see hosts that put time and effort into their guests. Glo worms and tracks to see. Beautiful views with amazing cute bedrooms where you can see native birds from inside your room.....
Quality rating rated the quality of this property as 4 out of 5 based on factors such as facilities, size, location and services provided.

Managed by Debbie and Tim

Company review score: 9.9Based on 21 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company information

Your welcoming hosts are Tim and Debbie, nature lovers, who have been privileged to have been guardians/owners of the sanctuary for over 30 years and open for guests since 2006. We have restored the Sanctuary to a natural wilderness.and love life in our bush hideaway, where we have raised our 3 daughters.

Property information

If you are after a nature experience, bird life, tranquility of nature and away from the city and crowds, then this is for you. We offer a rustic and authentic experience with the charm and hospitality of yesteryear. A unique opportunity to stay within a wildlife sanctuary for a 2 night minimum. We have a natural wonderland of Glow Worms, which guests experience in a personally guided tour that is included in the room rate, and also a Rainforest Eco-Tour and hearty breakfasts. Expansive gardens, bush walks, Glow Worms & starry skies. Cosy rainforest huts with ensuite, built using recycled materials (1970's retro decor) and Family Room (Max 2 adults-must include children under 12yrs) with separate private bathroom. Open for bookings, excluding Monday nights (except for Easter Monday, open). A Queen Elizabeth II National Trust protected property with trees over 500yrs old. We are only 45 minutes from Rotorua, if you come via State Highway 36, then turn right into Oropi Road, then right into Ohauiti Road via McPhails Road. (If you travel via State Highway 33, it will take a lot longer.) We are 25 minutes away from Tauranga city

Neighbourhood information

Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary is 15 minutes away from Otanewainuku Kiwi Forest, 1200 hectares of virgin forest with many walking tracks. Run by volunteers looking after flora and fauna for future generations yet to come.

Language spoken


Property surroundings

Facilities of Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary
Great facilities! Review score, 9.2

Most popular facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Breakfast
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Additional toilet
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun terrace
  • Barbecue
  • BBQ facilities
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
  • Walking tours
  • Tennis equipment
  • Evening entertainment
  • Hiking
  • Tennis court
Food & Drink
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Luggage storage
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Electric blankets
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Carpeted
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Entire unit located on ground floor
Languages spoken
  • English

Property practice

This property has told us they implemented a practice in one of these categories: waste, water, energy and greenhouse gases, destination and community, and nature.

House rules

Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 16:00 to 21:00


From 08:00 to 11:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children 13 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Extra bed upon request
NZD 17 per child, per night
Cot upon request
3 - 12 years
Extra bed upon request
NZD 17 per child, per night

Prices for cots and extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Mastercard Visa Cash Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 23:00 and 07:00.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

We only accept guests that are Covid-19 vaccinated.

Please inform Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 23:00:00 and 07:00:00.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property currently isn't accepting guests from certain countries, during dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service operating hours.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property adheres to strict physical distancing measures.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.

It is not possible to stay at this property for Coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine purposes.

FAQs about Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary

  • The prices at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Hiking
    • Tennis court
    • Evening entertainment
    • Tennis equipment
    • Walking tours

  • Yes, Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Room options at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary include:

    • Double
    • Twin
    • Family

  • Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary is 2.7 miles from the centre of Ohauiti. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary is from 16:00, and check-out is until 11:00.