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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

Auckland, New Zealand
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icon8 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.
  • Full-day trip to the bird sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island from Auckland
  • 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
  • Enjoy informative displays and complimentary coffee and tea at the Visitor’s Center
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.

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Family outing well received
, Nov 2019
My Family enjoyed an awesome day last Sunday 10.11.19. The weather was not behaving in the city, and we decided to drive to Gulf Harbour from Albany and cross from there which was a definite advantage for the non sea worthy. The island turned on its charm with a part cloudy but warm day with no rain, and the birds enjoyed showing off to us all. The only things we couldn't catch a good glimpse of, was the Tuatara, the Grey Ghost ( Kokako), and of course the noturnal Kiwis. Takahae, Heihei(Stitchbird), Saddlebacks, Robins, Whiteheads, Blue Penguin,Rifleman, The Giant Weta Punga and of course Fantails, Kereru and lots of Tuis were all on show. Great Day out. Highly recommended. Be prepared to walk in bush and boardwalks listening to bird song everywhere for 10,000 steps approx.
Fabulous One Day Trip
Tithi R
, Nov 2019
If you are a bird enthusiast or not , this island is heaven. Melodious birdsongs greet you from the moment you step into this island. We took the guided walk and our Guide were lovely - helping us spot the birds and help u identify the bird by their sounds. This was a great day ,really enjoyed it.
Great Nature Preserve Excursion
, Aug 2019
The Tiritiri Matangi Island is a short ferry ride from Auckland. It's teaming with birds and is being kept as a pristine nature area; you must take out everything (trash) you bring on the island. The guides are volunteers, are professional and knowledgeable. There's a lot of walking involved in the guided tour. I was concerned that there would be a lot of down time after the guided tour, but there isn't because there's so much to see. If you visit Auckland, you should seriously consider making this trip to the island and take the guided walking tour.
You can see many kinds of birds and learn about nature and culture of maori !!
, May 2019
You can find many kinds of birds which you have never seen. Optical guides explains politely about life of birds , wild animals and culture of maori. I really enjoyed this tour. I want to join again!!
Not a bird enthusiast at all but had...
, May 2018
Not a bird enthusiast at all but had a great time on this tour. Beautiful island with great views and very informative guides
Nice... but you have to be a avid “bird...
, Apr 2018
Nice... but you have to be a avid “bird man” to really enjoy it.
This was a nice trip by ferry over...
Karen R
, Apr 2018
This was a nice trip by ferry over to the island. They gave you options of a longer or shorter walk. The 1 1/2 hour walk lasted over 2 hours which was fine with us. We saw several different kinds of birds that we hadn't seen before and the island was very attractive. Not sure I would have wanted to tour the island on our own and paths are a little confusing and you have to meet the ferry at a certain time or spend the night on the island. Our tour was just perfect for our time there. Saw 2 wetas which are giant grasshopper like insects. Very nice way to spend a day with nature.
This is a very eco-friendly...
, Mar 2018
This is a very eco-friendly experience. The island doesn't have room for the naughty so you'll be on there with a group of people that are preservationists such as yourself. The pretty flowers and wonderful birds are really a sight to be seen. The guide does a good job at giving you a tour of the boardwalk and you're allowed to do it on your own if that's what you desire. This was a nice cruise ride from Auckland.
Fantastic. Very well organized and...
Lawrence C
, Mar 2018
Fantastic. Very well organized and executed. One of the best tours we took in New Zealand.
We weren't sure how this tour would...
Marc W
, Mar 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.

Product code: 6195TIRITIRI

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