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 Hobbs 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.
- A gift shop which sells cold drinks, chocolate and complimentary tea and coffee provided free of charge.
- 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 Tiritiri Matangi
The Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi are extremely enthusiastic about sharing their wealth of knowledge about the island.
- Join them on a 90 minute guided morning walk 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 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.
- Your lunchtime and afternoon are free for you to wander, look and listen.
Guided walks are $10 Adults and $2.50 Child. 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
- Good walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat.
- Change of cloths, swimming gear and a towel.
- Plenty of water, snacks and lunch.
- A light rain jacket, depending on the time of year and conditions.
For a truly unique experience, stay overnight on Tiritiri! Observe New Zealand's nocturnal wildlife emerging as the sun goes down and wake up to Tiri's world famous dawn chorus. The little penguin (the world’s smallest penguin), and the little spotted kiwi, are just some of the wildlife you may be lucky to see.
To book your overnight accommodation visit www.doc.govt.nz/tiritiribunkhouse or call DOC (Department of Conservation) on 09 425 7812.
To book ferry transport to the island call 360 Discovery on 09 307 8005..
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.