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Tiritiri Matangi Island

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Having endured a long flight from Singapore our two day stay in Auckland was great. When we last came to NZ eight years ago we picked up our hire car and shot off North and didn't spend anytime in the city. This trip, looking at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Keith M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This island is an attempt to reclaim native habitat for rare native birds that are subject to predation on the mainland from mammals. The trees and birds are beautiful as is the beach area. Peter, our volunteer guide, was very well informed and friendly. It...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mk256
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I went on a day trip to Tiritiri Matangi in 2010. We booked the optional tour and rode the ferry from Auckland City. When the ferry stopped at Gulf Harbour, several large school groups got on the ferry. When we reached the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SouthSeasAmerican
Reviewed 5 days ago

arrived here via boat, and water was full of small and cute eagle rays cruising the sandy bottom and right up to my feet. the island is full of dense native and some introduced trees, i was surprised when i found a well formed track...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MattS6831
Tiritir, Manager at Tiritiri Matangi Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Matt, thanks for the great review - if you saw that many eagle rays there would have been an orca cruising through in the not so distant past - the rays come in close to escape being eaten. I wonder though if you have...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

hi this is a must for all visitors to Auckland It takes most of a day Try to go on a day that guides are operating It is unbelievable what has been done

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank paulchowmein
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice trip by boat to get to the island.well sign posted trails.plenty of birds to see. The further you walk from the boat the quieter it is.Well worth a look.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank STUARTbfc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting environmental reserve. The volunteer guides are well informed about the plants and animals. Be sure to take a sack lunch with you.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TravelinBuz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky. The weather cleared up here in Auckland; we went to the ferry terminal early in the morning at Pier 4 (Fuller’s) and we were able to buy a return ticket to Tiritiri. Be aware that on some days, you might be able...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Sandy5259
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great trip where we saw heaps of fabulous native birds. The bird song was amazing and the bush was fabulous. Approximately 4 hours to walk right around the island with really good signposted tracks. If you love getting back to nature this...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank SueB88
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the best trips which can be taken by a visitor. The island regeneration has matured into a stunning sanctuary for NZ native birds-most of which can no longer be seen or heard on the mainland. Do take sunscreen, hats and wear...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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December 6, 2018|
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Response from Tiritir | Property representative |
No problem to book an open ticket - these are issued by Fullers 360. Probably best to ring them. 09 367 9111. See you on the Island soon I hope.
July 23, 2018|
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Response from Tiritir | Property representative |
Yes, there are water taxis but they are expensive, around $400+. The ferry comes Wednesday to Sunday and every day for the 3 weeks over the Christmas period. Private boats can also come out to Tiritiri we just ask them to... More
July 16, 2018|
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Response from Ann M | Reviewed this property |
Your back pack will be fine
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Cary North Carolina
Auckland/Rotorua/Taupo (4 Replies)
I need help planning our trip. We will not have a car. We have 5 days and we want to see the following: Waiheke Island, Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland sights, Hobbiton, Glow Worm Caves, Mud pools, Te Puia, Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike. I have rooms booked for the Crowne Plaza in Auckland and the Holiday Inn in Rotorua. I was thinking we would take a one way tour for the Hobbiton and Glow Worm Caves and stay in Rotorua for a day and than head to Taupo. Not sure how to get to Taupo...More
August 26, 2016|
Response fromBeen-there-before2|
I wonder, are your travel in (to) NZ and travel out of NZ days included in the 5 days?
Blackthorn, United Kingdom
Waiheke or Tiritiri Matangi Island (3 Replies)
Which would you recommend Waiheke or Tiritiri Matangi Island? Or if time would you visit both? We are visiting in February with our 4 year old.
January 20, 2016|
Response fromRiley89|
Waiheke and Tiri are quite different from each other so if you have time you could visit both and not be doubling up on scenery. Waiheke has lovely beaches, vineyards and cafes. Tiri is a sanctuary for many of NZs native, endangered birds. You can take a guided walk through the native bush to the top of the island (you need to take a picnic here as there is no food to buy. We have done this walk with young children - if your child is interested in wildlife, there is lots to see.
Itinerary -just about coming together - comments appreciated (4 Replies)
I realise that we are the lucky ones, we are in New Zealand from January 1st to March 24th! Doesn't make it any easier to routeplan, though. Because of the things we want to do - tracks and so on, we will have to make some commitments: hut bookings, ferry crossing, flight etc which makes us less flexible. So we have found devising the itinerary a nightmare and would appreciate an eye cast over it for glaring ridiculousness - not enough/too much time in places or whatever. All...More
November 07, 2016|
Response fromzhuhai2007|
Welcome - nearly 3 months does sound wonderful, but unfortunately it doesn't solve the problem of availability of accommodation. I assume the Routeburn & Kepler tracks are booked? It is hard to determine which direction you are doing the RT as you seem to be in Te Anau both before & after rather than in QTN. 17th Feb-1st March is a little vague as you are covering nearly half the SI in only 13 days. As long as you have bookings secured for FJG/Fox, Catlins and Mt Cook you should be OK.