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

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

Lawrence C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Fantastic. Very well organized and executed. One of the best tours we took in New Zealand.

Marc W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We weren't sure how this tour would take a full day, or the high ratings were because the site drew committed birdwatchers and, not falling into that category, we might not like it as much. But the island, and the volunteers, lived up to the reviews. Great walk for several hours with multiple lengths of walk available on arrival. We had a great day on the ferry ride and the island.

Harry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

A unique Auckland experience that should not be missed. The volunteer guide from Supporters of Tiritiri Mantanga was excellent. Remarkably knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. While we saw considerable wildlife, be aware this is not a zoo and so the birds can be hard to spot although the guide was very helpful in spotting them.

jackiemnye

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Wonderful day. Saw so many birds. The guided walk was well worth doing as we saw and found out so much more than walking around on our own. Thoroughly recommend. Going on the boat was great too

olomanany

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was a wonderful day. It started with a very nice ferry ride to the island where we were met with a wonderful group of volunteers. They kept the groups small and we had 1 volunteer for 4 people. The trail walk was filled with listening to and finding very interesting birds and our volunteer her name was Penny was extremely knowledgeable about the island and the birds. Once the walk was over, we visited the lovely gift shop and took another path back to the shore where we met the ferry for the return trip. If you want to get away for the day and be somewhere not too many people are, this is the perfect tour.

Yeritza S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A lot to explore if you love wildlife

Georgia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This is a fantastic experience to hear from the expert but volunteer guide and also the 'ranger' about all the amazing work and accomplishments at the island, not to mention seeing all the birds and foliage for whom all the work is aimed. It was a great day learning about so many different types of wildlife and how it's being protected on scenic Tiritiri. We all saw and learned so much! Everyone was knowledgeable and clear, and the gift shop was an interesting one, too! Thanks for a great outing!

Joe L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We had a superb volunteer guide! Roger was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Priceless experience with the real birds of Tiritiri Matangi on a perfect day!!

Sean C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The closest place to Paradise you will ever get! A beautiful uninhabited island providing the best opportunity to see some spectacular and rare endemic new zealand birds - we were guided around the island by a botanically knowledgable lady who allowed us the opportunity to stop and look at the birdlife and scenery as and when we wanted. If you are a birder this a unique chance to see species such as Stitchbird, Saddleback, Takahe and Kokako in their natural surroundings and at close quarters. For others it provides the chance to explore a fascinating and unspoilt island and see the amazing effort New Zealand expends protecting their special wildlife and the value they place on biodiversity. A lesson to us all!

Melissa E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Fantastic trip. Well organised, great tour guide, beautiful ferry ride and Tiritiri Matangi island is amazing.

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