Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk - Reviews

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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.

Nikhil L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Excellent

omaopawhite

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

A must trip for birders! For us the boat ride was quite rough, but we heard from regular visitors there that they had never had such a rough trip to the island. If you're not familiar with birds in New Zealand, it's best to have a guide. Well worth the extra money.

Edwin J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Beautiful Island! Loved every minute of the tour.

marylee c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Stepped off the ferry into a virtual paradise for birds. Great guides and lots of history info.

Brenda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This was a great day! Our guide Martin was extremely knowledgeable. Nice ferry trip there, we were broken into very small groups, nice little beach and one of my favorite days of my trip.

Caryll C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

The guided walk on Tiritiri Matangi island was great, well worth doing. Our guide was full of interesting information. We saw a number of bird species, and really enjoyed the walk which is not too difficult. We chose to do the longer walk of the two, with our guide. After lunch we went back to the ferry on the shorter walk. A great day out.
Also, there was good coffee available on the ferry, as well as a variety of sandwiches, rolls etc
Would recommend this trip to anyone able to manage a relatively easy walk

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

This tour was amazing!

Carl L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island is a bird lover's paradise. We had an excellent guide for a long walk and later did another trail on our own. We saw many exotic for us birds. The ferry ride from Auckland Harbor was pleasant. There are nice beaches on the island, and the trails are easy to follow and not too steep-- though you have very nice views when you work your way up to the high point of the island.

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

The ferry to the island gave us a relaxing look at your wonderful bay, with its sailing ships and distant landscapes. The island is a wonder with the growth of all the vegetation and the safe protection for the birds. We had a guide Mike who had worked the island for many years. His pace and knowledge were perfect for our first visit to Tiritiri.

Sabrina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Tiritiri Island is the perfect spot for some birdwatching and I absolutely recommend the guided walk. There was the option between a 1.5 or 2.5 hours guided walk and there was no surcharge if you wanted to take the longer walk. The volunteers had a great knowledge about the birds and nature and the hours flew by quickly.

Laura B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

A truly remarkable Island! Our guide, Hester, was fabulous, really knew her flora and fauna. We felt like we were in a different world surrounded by beautiful birds. Easy to walk around and explore. Just stunning...I and #39;m pretty sure we will be back!

mindywiener

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Wish I had brought my bathing suit so we could have gone for a quick swim before returning home to downtown Auckland. . Lovely place and would definitely recommend this to bird enthusiasts

Zoe R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

The trip was amazing. The guided tour was outstanding - both the botanical and bird information exceeded my expectations. The time flew by. Don't forget to take water and lunch.

Yiying D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Excellent tour on this island, it is very impressive for the volunteer Mr John, who is an gentlemen but knowledgeable, professional ,he took care of everyone in very details, especially he noticed we are from China, speak very clearly and little slowly, sothat we can get most of his speaking . It is wonderful tour to this island we learnt lot of history about this island and knowledge about various birds ,we are lucky we saw most of the kinds of birds living on the island. especially we were educated by these volunteers on how to be environment friendly. Again , appreciated all the hard work by John!

Donald J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Being a birder, this tour did not disappoint. The ferry ride was a great start for the island exploration of all things natural. Upon reaching the island, the large group was separated into groups of approx. ten with the opportunity to have a tour of greatest interest. The volunteer guiding our group was very knowledgeable about many aspects of the island. So it was an excellent learning experience covering history, vegetation, as well as birds. The weather also cooperated to make for great memories.

K L S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Well worth the money. To experience how New Zealand birdlife once was, was magic!! We were very lucky with the weather and the ferry ride with Team NZ training in the harbour right along side of us. The work the volunteers have done clearing and establishing the tracks after the great eradication of pests 30 years ago should be recognised by the NZ public as well as their continued dedication.

mnsweeps

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

The trip to Tiri was awesome. I just got the tickets from Viator as I had a 10 off coupon. You can purchase them directly from 360 Discovery for same price..Basically Viator purchase doesn't add any value to purchase itself unless you have a coupon.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

We really enjoy birding, but we enjoyed the hiking as much as the birding on this trip. The ferry ride to the Island was also very enjoyable, with great views of Aukland.

Kalpana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

This was the highlight of my visit! I was struck by the sheer dedication of the volunteers who have brought the flora and Fauna of this island back. We saw the pictures of the barren landscape in 1984! We heard and saw so many of the native birds listed as living on the island.
Bring a good camera along! Every visitor to New Zealand should see this lovely little paradise!

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