aBOUT Tiritiri Matangi
A stunning open bird sanctuary
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 (via Gulf Harbour).
From the moment you step onto the island to the moment you leave, you will be entranced by the serenade of gentle bird song and the lush native bush.
- Visit Hobb's Bay for a swim or picnic.
- See one of New Zealand's oldest pohutukawa trees, estimated to be 800 - 1000 years old.
- Built in 1864, the Tiritiri lighthouse is still in its original condition.
- Explore walking tracks through lush native bush and coastal forests.
- Join The Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi on a guided walk and learn about the exquisite birdlife (more information below).
Working in conjunction with the Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary, 360 Discovery offers a range of activities on the island, all of which promise to teach you more about our native wildlife and the history of Tiritiri Matangi Island....more
The Island's conservation history
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 has been re-vegetated with around 300,000 native trees.
- 12 of New Zealand’s endangered birds and 3 reptile species have been successfully re-introduced to the island.
- The “open sanctuary” status allows 150 ferry visitors daily from Wednesday to Sunday onto the island.
Guided walks of Tirirtiri
The Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi are extremely enthusiastic about sharing their wealth of knowledge about the island.
- Join them on a 1 ½ hour guided morning experience and learn about the exquisite bird life, natural surrounds, revegetation and history of Tiritiri Matangi.
- Your guide will show you the best spots to see wildlife and help you to identify birdcalls and sounds which echo through the trees.
- Your walk will finish at Tiritiri's visitor centre where there is a wide range of informative exhibits about the island's history and wildlife.
- Your lunchtime and afternoon are free for you to wander, look and listen.
Guided walks are $5 per person. To ensure that enough guides are provided on the day, please book walks in advance at the Ticket Office, by calling 09 307 8005 or online.
What to bring
- A sun hat and sunscreen.
- Plenty of water, snacks and lunch (there are no shops on the island but you can buy provisions on the ferry).
- Wear sturdy walking shoes.
- A light rain jacket, swimwear and towel depending on the conditions.
For a truly unique experience, stay overnight on Tiritiri! You will have the opportunity to observe New Zealand’s nocturnal wildlife emerging as the sun goes down. Wildlife such as the Little Blue Penguin (the world’s smallest penguin), the Little Spotted Kiwi, and the Tuatara are just some of the highlights.
To book your overnight experience, please call DOC (Department of Conservation) to book your accommodation then call 360 Discovery on 09 307 8005 direct to book your ferry tickets.
Overnight gear (e.g. bedding, equipment) must be thoroughly checked for pest stowaways.
Food must be packed into rodent-proof/ sealed containers.
If you have any doubts or questions about your packed items please ask customer services staff or the boat crew.
Important biosecurity information
Our vessels are licensed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Auckland Council to visit islands in the Hauraki Gulf. We run a biosecurity system (on all our vessels) which meets the criteria to hold a ‘Pest-Free Warrant’ for the Hauraki Gulf.
What you need to do to prepare for your trip to pest-free Tiritiri Matangi Island:
- Please check your bags for stowaways, such as: Mice, Rats, Argentine Ants and Rainbow Skinks to name a few.
- Ensure your footwear, clothing and bags are clean and free of soil and seeds.
- Your lunch must be packed in a rodent-proof/ sealed container eg. hard plastic.
- No open bags or boxes will be allowed on-board – everything you bring must be sealed or zipped closed.
Please note there is no food available for purchase on the island. Occasionally weather conditions prohibit 360 Discovery from travelling to the island. Please call 09 916 2241 after 7:00am on the day of your trip for confirmation. Calls may cost 10c dependent on your phone provider.