Banner Image
  • About the sanctuary
  • Who are we?
  • Achievements and Goals
  • Nearby Attractions
  • Contact Us

The Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary is a dream coming true. Years of planning, learning, and yearning have finally become reality.

Nestled on the slopes of the second highest peak in Northland, New Zealand, the sanctuary consists of 100 hectares of regenerating native forest. Views of the ocean, an unexplored forest, the calls of the kiwi under the bright stars, are just some of the many experiences to be had.

While everyone discovers the world in their own personal way, here is what Pupu Rangi aims to be:

  • an area of protected New Zealand native forest
  • a place of learning about the forest and nature
  • a place of self-discovery
  • a place to meet like-minded people

The Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary traces its inception to the wonder experienced while exploring various corners of the globe and to the realization that everything begins, exists, and ends in the middle of nature.

This is not the type of place where tour buses stop every hour or so. We believe that it is important to take the time to know our guests and to share with them our knowledge.

The sanctuary is named after one of the many fascinating creatures that calls it home: the kauri snail, or, as it is named in Maori, pupurangi.

We are people that love nature and want to contribute to this world in our own way. We are regular people trying to find the solution to the perennial dilemma: shall we be doing something that we believe in or shall we be doing something that will earn a living?

Throughout one single day we can be either explorers or couch potatoes; brave or timid; teachers or students. Above all, we are humans privileged to care for a very beautiful and peaceful spot.

The Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary is a not for profit organization that cares for a privately owned area consisting of 100 hectares of NZ native forest. The native forest is classified as having national significance and no logging is allowed within the sanctuary. Pupu Rangi is home to many of the native species of trees and birds that require active protection from introduced pests. By keeping down the numbers of pests, the seedlings and the native birds have a chance to develop and mature. Cows, possums, rabbits, and feral goats browse indiscriminately while possums, stoats, ferrets and feral cats will eat eggs and young bird chicks.

The sanctuary is located in a greater area of a kiwi protection zone. One of our long term goals is to establish and maintain a protection area that will support twenty pairs of resident kiwi birds.

Local council, private funds, donations, and volunteer effort contributions are used for the following conservation tasks:

  • fencing of the forest to prevent the entrance of the grazing cattle
  • marking and cutting of access tracks
  • possum, stoat, ferret, and feral cat control
  • weed control and native plant planting

The volunteers that worked with us during the 2014 season have helped creating ten new trails with a total length of 5.5 km. Along these trails we have installed 82 bait stations that brings the overall coverage to about 50% of the sanctuary's area.

The table below shows the some of our goals and the progress as of the end of the 2013-2014 season. Also shown are the targets for the 2015 season.

Achievements and Goals


end of 2014 season

2015 season (goal)

surround the reserve with a stock proof fence where required 70% complete fence another 1km
building and marking tracks for both exploration and bait/trap station installation 9 km 2.5
plant native plants 45 20
possum, stoat, ferret, and feral cat trapping set-up 115 possum bait stations set-up 30 possum bait stations

Our sanctuary is also contributing to the community through volunteer hours in Trounson Kauri Park and the Mataroa forest. We are also in the process of establishing a partnership with a neighbouring property thus increasing the protected area by 50%.

The Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary is located on the Kauri Coast in Northland, New Zealand. The sanctuary is in the vicinity of Trounson Kauri Park. Nearby attractions include:

Kai Iwi Lakes
Tane Mahuta
Waipoa Forest

The closest town is Dargaville, located 50km away.

A visit to our sanctuary can be easily be incorporated within a holiday to New Zealand. Here are some sample itinerary ideas:

A taste of Northland (public transport)

Auckland - Bay of Islands - Cape Reinga - Whangarei - Dargaville - Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary- Trounson Kauri Park- Dargaville - Auckland

A taste of Northland (own transport)

Auckland - Goat Island - Bay of Islands - Kaitaia - Cape Reinga - Waipoa Forest - Trounson Kauri Park - Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary - Dargaville - Kauri Museum - Auckland

Kauri Coast (own transport)

Dargaville - Tokatoka Peak - Kai Iwi Lakes - Coastal Walkway - Waipoa Forest - Trounson Kauri Park - Pupu Rangi Nature Sanctuary - Dargaville - Kauri Museum

If you travel by bicycle, you might want to consider riding the Twin Coast Trail.

Contact us

For more information contact us by using the form below or by skype My status

If we are online, chat with us for more info


Your name: A value is required.
Email address: A valid email address format is required.