Tiritiri Matangi Island
Tiritiri Matangi Island
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  • David B
    Brussels, Belgium10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Island - wonderful guide
    The guided walk on the Island was the best $10 we have spent on our holiday. The guides to this superb nature reserve are all volunteers and have a deep passion for the island together with extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna. Special thanks to Sahrah our guide who took time to show us so many interesting features. Her enthusiasm and energy were infectious. Would highly recommend this tour (be sure to book the guided walk at the time of booking the boat tickets .. it’s on the same web site but slightly tricky to find!).
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 20, 2024
  • Mariasol3
    Apia, Samoa6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do in New Zealand.
    Definitely enjoyed time immersing with nature and seeing some of New Zealand endangered wildlife safely preserved here. Quite surprised how trusting the wildlife are with people passing by close proximity. Our guide Peter was amazing! Make sure to book your trip online and follow the guidelines given online, at departure, and on island. Return fare $95 Adult. If you want a guided tour it will be an extra $10nzd. Do bring your own snacks, water, rain coat, and sunscreen. No rubbish bins so expect to take your rubbish with you when embarking return trip.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2024
  • PippaJ60
    Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous trip. Don't miss it!
    From beginning to end this was one of the best trips I have ever done. Wonderful guides Stacey and Pam shared their knowledge of plants and birds along with the fascinating history of Tiritiri Matangi. I took a UK friend and it was my third trip. It surprised me that it still exceded all my expectations and I learnt and saw so many new things! While my friend has more to see in NZ, I am confident it will be amongst her highlights. Highly recommend it especially with a volunteer guide.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 15, 2024
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place - a definite must see
    We had a wonderful time visiting this special place. You access it by ferry from Auckland (one ferry per day) and spend the entire day on the island. You have the option to select a guided walk (I highly recommend doing this) that is really amazing. The island itself is beautiful and there are many, many native birds to see. There is also a small beach where you can go swimming if you happen to be there on a warm day. This was one of the very best things we did during our stay in Auckland.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 16, 2024
  • flightattendant1998
    Omaha, Nebraska7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great one day trip
    It was a great one day trip. We paid $10NZD for a guide and it was totally worth it! We saw 20 different types of birds and the island was beautiful. There’s also a beach so bring swimwear
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 20, 2024
  • EdR_12
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic bird sanctuary run by volunteers
    I've had a fantastic day. A small island turned into bird sanctuary heaven. Our guide was amazing. Worth payjng the small sum of $10nz for a guided tour. The guides know where the opportunity to see wildlife is the greatest, they can tell you a lot about the island and how it was turned into a sanctuary for rare species. Loved it. Great day trip. Suggest you book in advance. Make sure you bring water/drinks and lunch. You get free tea/coffee at the lighthouse and there's a lovely souvenir shop which they rely on as all goes back into the care of the island.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 2, 2024
  • Léo R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing day and super guide!
    Today we spend a couple of hours on the island and it was one of our best experience in New-Zealand. Malcolm, our guide, was the key of this success: he was adorable and teach us with passion his knowledge about nz wildlife. Thanks to him we’ve seen a lot of rare native birds, learnt many things and spent a great moment!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 23, 2024
  • Sam M
    Santa Clarita, California21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Day on Tiritiri
    I saw the great reviews, so I had to book a tour. It was great. The Island, hike , and the tour guides were wonderful. My wife and I were the only 2 on our tour. Our guide was extremely informative and pointed out all the birds and interesting facts. I would highly recommend going if you are in Auckland a few days. The guide is only an additional $10 and well worth it.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
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Seng Q
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
It was a beautiful ferri trip to the island which took 1 1/2 hours to get to. Great views along the way. The boat staff were also friendly and professional.
We were very fortunate to have Ian as our volunteer guide on the island. He was very knowledgeable and spent extra time answering any questions. The tour was well organise and consists of approx 6 people which was sweet. We got to see many new bird species and a giant Weta which was cool. The island is also lush and green with nice tracks.

This is no doubt the best tour I have been on. The island is a very special place and I would highly recommend anyone visiting Auckland to see as a full day trip.

The only thing that could be better is the return boat ride which departs at 3:30pm. We thought it could have left a bit later as it we would then enable us to have more time to swim at the beautiful Hobbs beach.
Written March 1, 2020
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MelodyAislabie
Mangere, New Zealand59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We had been wanting to do this trip for years and finally managed to get there after a pleasant ferry trip. We opted to pay the small extra fee for the guided tour which I highly recommend as we would have missed hearing and seeing many of the less obvious birds. We will be back again and plan to stay overnight to see some of the nocturnal activities of the local wildlife.
Written February 26, 2021
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Alan C
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was recommended to us by a relative who thought we would enjoy the trip. Hw was certainly correct. The island is a predator-free sanctuary for rare and endangered birds and other wildlife, much brought in from other locations. Accessibility is carefully controlled with 1 excursion per day with a limited number of people. Apart from the island warden all the guides and workers are all volunteers, enthusiastic about maintaining the ecosystem and its conservation work. It is an amazing testament to the will of the people in reclaiming farmland and creating a safe sanctuary. The tour guide Liz was passionate about the island and enthusiastic about visitors having the best experience possible in a short time on the island. The birds are habituated to people and carry on their lives in close proximity to you walking about. The bird drinking baths and sugar feeders are good places to rest and watch! it was amazing and we managed to see a couple of nesting Blue penguin with chicks in their boxes. We so much enjoyed the day and would readily go back many times to watch the wildlife and share time with the
guides. Do it if you want to experience a successful conservation project!
Written January 13, 2020
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Dennis283
Palmerston North, New Zealand22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
My wife and I visited Tiri Tiri Matangi island today (Saturday October 3rd 2020)
When we purchased the tickets for the ferry, the operator asked if we would like a guided tour of the island for an extra $10.00 per person.
We agreed - it was the best value for money that I have experienced for years.
Our guide was Mike, he was a volunteer, he was very well informed, very knowledgeable, very interesting and he pointed out many things during our 3 hour walk that we would have missed.
The bird life was fantastic.
The $10.00 fee goes towards the restoration of the many tracks etc
Tiri Tiri Matangi is well worth visiting, every Kiwi should have it on there 'bucket list' !
Written October 3, 2020
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KiwiRoadrunner
Havelock North, New Zealand214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This is an absolute gem and a beautiful day out! I strongly recommend you pay the bit extra for a guide. The guides are volunteers who spend quite a bit of time learning about the history, the birds, the native trees, etc. and they add so much richness to the experience.

When you are on the ferry, make sure to get one of the maps the DOC folks offer for sale (only costs a few dollars).

When you arrive at the island, if you have a ticket for a guided walk, they gather everyone up and describe the different walk options. Depending on the interests, they split everyone up so there were no more than 8 people per guide. It was very impressive how well organised it was.

Also key to note: all guided walks end up at the gift shop/lighthouse where the picnic tables are so they offer to transfer your pack for you so you don't have to carry it on the guided walk.

We did the Hobbs Beach, Kawerau Track, then done the Cable track to the lighthouse with our guide. After our picnic lunch, we then went back (on our own) to the wharf via the Wattle Track. I highly recommend both tracks as they are completely different. A nice thing about the Wattle track is all the water feeding stations which attract the birds.

Also, check out the gift shop - some nice items and the staff are super friendly.
Written January 12, 2022
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penny
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It's hard to explain what an amazing day out this is. I've always wanted to visit and so glad I did. It's just magic. The birds own this island, and their calls rang out across the treetops all day long. We were enthralled to see birds we have never seen before thriving in their native environment - bellbirds, stichbirds, and saddlebacks. It's a beautiful story of conservation and restoration and we just felt so privileged to be there.
I took my mum, who is in her 70's and we happily wandered around the tracks, looked at birds, and found a place to picnic and swim. A nice touch is the vehicle that goes from the wharf to the lighthouse/toilet/shop area. This meant we could stash our bag in there for the day and not have to lug it all over the island. Genius DOC. Thanks very much.
Written March 9, 2020
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John A
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It was a lovely walk seeing a variety of beautiful birds. The guide on the island was very good. We had to find pier 4 by ourselves, which was challenging, especially with all the current construction. There was no one there to greet us, which was fine. You just hop on the ferry with your voucher. And shortly after you arrive, you connect with a tour guide. The guide was very helpful in pointing out birds that we might’ve missed. And the views were very nice at some points. It was a little chilly at first, but it warmed up nicely. So you might want to bring a sweater or something,depending on the season. We went in February.
Written February 9, 2020
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Pilgrim Lady
Auckland, New Zealand137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Tiritiri Matangi is a predator-free bird sanctuary in the stunning Hauraki Gulf in Auckland City.
What a day we had visiting!
Guide Tony a treasure.
Saw Stitchbacks, Saddlebacks, Riflemen, Keruru, Giant Tree Weta, Kokako, Ray, Tui, lashings of Bell Bird, baby Blue Penguins in their hutches, Whitehead...
Catch ferry from the terminal downtown Auckland and be prepared to be wowed!!
Written January 19, 2020
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Suzanne S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Tiritiri Matangi Island is a day trip by ferry from central Auckland. The 1.5 hour trip takes you past the northern beach neighborhoods and across the channel from Gulf Harbour to the island. The crew on Explore ferry Te Maki were caring and professional.
Once on the island, the short, personalized tour with a knowledgeable and passionate eco- hero guide is highly recommended. Our guide Pam helped us spot endangered stitch bird, saddlebacks, whiteheads, bellbirds, robin, my personal favorite the cute wee rifleman (like a tiny green ball of fluff) and of course the iridescent Tui. She regaled is with island history and stories of birds saved from the point of extinction.
Then we were free to explore the island and swim in the clear, warm waters of Hobbs Bay until it was time to return by ferry to the city.
This is a chance to support important science and New Zealand’s precious and unique bird life while having a fabulous gulf island adventure. Highly recommended.
Written December 31, 2022
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Josefa Sutton
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
This trip was something I'd wanted to do for many years and the day did not dissappoint me. We saw Saddleback family groups, whiteheads, stitchbirds, a fledgling North Island Robin, kakariki, Ruru sweetly sleeping, bellbirds playing round the water trough, kereru, takahe and North Island Kokako and the little blue penguin! Of course the tuis were in abundance also as were the seabirbs we often see. On the ferry we also saw fluttering shearwaters gliding just above the waves and dancing up and around. This is a must-do for New Zealanders. We were introduced to these native species just a few feet away from us. Many of them have only recently been brought back from near extinction. Memorable day out! There are walks to suit every fitness level including children and strollers.
Written December 30, 2020
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