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Spend the day out exploring one of Auckland's best kept secrets. Tiritiri Matangi Island is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary for NZ's native and coastal birds. It is a protected haven for native and endangered species, and is a nature lover’s paradise, particularly for avid birdwatchers.
Tiritiri Matangi Island is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary for New Zealand's native and coastal birds situated in the Hauraki Gulf only a 75 minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. The island is a protected haven for native and endangered species, and is a nature lover’s paradise, particularly for avid birdwatchers. From the moment you step onto the island to the moment you leave, you’ll be serenaded by bird songs while exploring walking tracks through native bush and coastal forests.
As well as wonderful wildlife, Tiritiri Matangi has a 150 year old lighthouse, a Visitor Centre, some great walks, views and beaches. Most visitors start with a guided walk which finishes at the Tiritiri Visitor Centre where there are informative displays and a great gift shop with complimentary tea and coffee. All profits from the shop go back to supporting the conservation and education programmes on the island. There are plenty of tables outside to have your lunch and if it’s wet there’s plenty of room in the Visitor Centre.
Tiritiri Matangi, meaning “tossed by the wind”, is an open Scientific Reserve managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) in partnership with the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Inc. The island is one of the world’s most successful volunteer conservation projects. It’s been re-vegetated with around 300,000 native trees, and now has also seen 12 of New Zealand’s endangered birds and 3 reptile species successfully re-introduced to the island. The “open sanctuary” status allows only 170 ferry visitors daily from Wednesday to Sunday onto the island.
Please note: On the day of sailing, visitors are required to phone the Tiritiri Matangi confirmation line after 7am to confirm sailing. Ph: 09 916 2241.
Please bring good walking shoes, sun block, sun hat, swimming gear and a towel. A light rain jacket is also recommended.
This experience takes place on Tiritiri Matangi Island departing Gulf Harbour.