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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
  • 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was absolutely beautiful seeing the birds! The guide was very knowledgable. It was somewhat difficult to walk the steep inclines with my bad knees but the views were spectacular!

Dandre D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The volunteers have done an amazing job of preserving this island, and our volunteer tour guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Saw birds we had never seen before. REally great trip for eco-conscious travelers, bird watchers, hikers, just plain fun seekers!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

If you like bird watching this is a great place to go. We took the guided walk for the first part. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and plants. We saw some rare birds and had a super day. I would recommend buying the map of the island with the trails on it. Also keep track of your time to get back to the ferry.

Monica H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing! Did the guided walk and it was spectacular.

Shelley A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fabulous day out, great cruise and very informative tour of Tiritiri Matangi. Our volunteer guide Sahrah was very knowledgeable and a excellent birder. We saw kereru, takahe, tui, bell birds, quail, kokao , saddlebacks and stich birds. We couldn't have asked for more. The free teas and coffees were a nice surprise too.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Despite a wet morning we had a comfortable trip on the ferry to this stunning island! We were all divided up into groups those of us who opted for the guided walk. Jane, my guide, was very informative about the various birds who call Tiri Tiri Matangi their home. She is most passionate and obviously loves the Island. it was fascinating to discover which trees which are most important to certain birds. After this very interesting tour,we were invited to partake in complimentary tea/coffee in the Visitors' Centre, which was most appreciated. The volunteers are to be congratulated for giving of their time to staff the Visitors' Centre, the Shop and the guiding. After enjoying my tea and lunch bring your own, we were encouraged to find our way back to the Wharf via an alternative track. I certainly recommend this fascinating Island as a peaceful, rejuvenating jewel.

Heidi J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was an amazing day. The weather was perfect, the ferry trip pleasant and the guided tour very informative and informal. We got to see nearly all of the birds that can be seen on Tiritiri Matangi as well as a few others. I would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys leisurely bushwalks, birdwatching and the amazing nature of New Zealand

Herbert A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Guided walk was excellent.

Susan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A fantastic nature trip on ferry to TIRI, the walk with a knowledgable volunteer guide very good value.

Robin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The boat return boat trip was great. The staff on board were very friendly and the island guides were most informative. The island is a must for everyone interested in nature and the environment.

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