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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

Secure a limited ticket to Tiritiri Matangi island, a protected sanctuary for rare and endangered bird species of New Zealand. A 75-minute ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf brings you to the island preserve, where you have the day to stroll the trails and enjoy the coastline after a ranger orientation. Gain a deeper understanding of Tiritiri Matangi’s role in preserving birdlife with an optional 1.5-hour guided hike.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to the bird sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island from Auckland
  • See some of New Zealand’s rarest birds and wildlife in a natural and protected environment
  • Look for the island’s endangered native birds including the New Zealand robin, saddleback and takahe
  • Join a 1.5-hour guided walk to learn about the bird life and history of Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • Have plenty of free time to walk the island’s peaceful trails at your leisure
  • Marvel at the island’s recovery from deforestation, one of the world’s most successful volunteer conservation projects
  • Enjoy informative displays and complimentary coffee and tea at the Visitor’s Center

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What You Can Expect

Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

Tiritiri Matangi Island Cruise

Don't miss an opportunity to visit Tiritiri Matangi island, where numbers of visitors are limited in order to protect the island’s wildlife. Ride a 75-minute ferry from Auckland across the Hauraki Gulf to Tiritiri Matangi, a predator-free open sanctuary that’s home to many endangered native birds found in New Zealand. 

You’ll have about five hours total on the island. First, listen to a ranger discuss environmental recovery efforts since 1984, which have helped re-establish 12 endangered native bird species and 3 reptile species, including the rare tuatara (a prehistoric lizard). 

Opt for an in-depth island tour to learn about resident birds and other wildlife. During the 1.5-hour walk, a guide teaches you to identify various birdcalls. Finish the tour at the visitor center where you can browse through informative exhibits while sipping complimentary tea and coffee.

Alternatively, spend your time exploring the island’s walking trails on your own. Perhaps stop by the lighthouse and, in warmer months, head to Hobbs beach for a swim before the ferry ride back to Auckland.

Customer Reviews

larry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was an outstanding adventure. Being avid birdwatchers we tried to book this tour during our last visit to Auckland, but it was fully booked. This time I booked it on line and we had a great time. Jane, our volunteer guide was amongst the best we have ever had. If you like birds, plants or trees, this is the tour for you.

Gillian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely magnificent experience great work from the friendly volunteers and Department of Conservation workers.

larry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was an outstanding adventure. Being avid birdwatchers we tried to book this tour during our last visit to Auckland, but it was fully booked. This time I booked it on line and we had a great time. Jane, our volunteer guide was amongst the best we have ever had. If you like birds, plants or trees, this is the tour for you.

Beverly K R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fabulous trip. So well-organized and all by volunteers. We were separated into small groups for the guided walk. Our hour walk stretched to almost three because there was so much to see. And our guide was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. And the birds--oh, the birds--were up close and personal. A special trip.

Rachel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fabulous! This is mostly run by volunteers so most of the ticket cost goes to keeping the island as a conservation. Bring an iPod or something for the ferry. A nice bird watching walk!

Susan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent, if you live in Auckland you should really come here at least once. The island is beautiful, lots of birds and birdsong. We did the guided tour and our guide was really informative. Great gift shop, managed to do a little shopping. If you are into photography this is a great spot, wonderful views. Geocaches too! Ferry excellent.

shen.chenfen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Beautiful scenery !

Paul O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Tiritiri is a must do when in Auckland. Our guide was very informative and helpful in identifying the numerous birds we saw while hiking around the island. All in all it was a marvelous time and money well spent.

Dronamraju K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

a magical island-visit experience..hard to forget..pure air, a special close-to-nature feeling..the guide is knowledgeable and painstaking..you gotta climb a lot, a tiring one-hour trek thru spiralling jungle track that takes you up the hill to the lighthouse at the top...and lunch there..the ferry trip is very relaxing both ways!..no food is sold on island, so you gotta stock up and feed urself there!

flockhound

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very good value for money. A pleasant walk through this preserved nature site with the opportunity to spot some of natures residents. Saw lots of different bird species thanks to the accompanying volunteer guide. The pace is set by you so there is no pressure and feeling of being hurried. We enjoyed the boat trip to the Island. Easy to catch the boat on the wharf front in Auckland. Hassle free booking, exchange your voucher from Viator for boat tickets in the ticket office on the quayside.

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Tour code: 6195TIRITIRI

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