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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 check their boats for stowaways - rats, mice, rainbow skinks etc. to keep the Island safe.
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|
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|
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|
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.