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“Natural Aviary” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tiritiri Matangi Island

Tiritiri Matangi Island
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$53.92*
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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk
Ranked #1 of 257 things to do in Auckland
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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51 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Natural Aviary”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

This is a great conservation effort by the Department of Conservation. They have restored a island that was mostly pastures back to native bush. In the process bringing back the native populations of birds. With stringent pest and predator control the bird populations of many native species that are considered endangered have been brought back to noticeable numbers. Now you can visit the island and take pictures or just view the birds in there native habitat. There is a unmanned light house and a place to eat. Well worth the visit if you like birds and native bush walks.

Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Martin H
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Islands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Absolute wonderland and well worth a visit. Pay the little extra for a guide as they notice birds that we would miss. Looking forward to returning and staying the night to hear the evening bird chorus and morning bird chorus. Back to naure. It was glorious.

Visited January 2013
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2 Thank Nooks25
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Auckland
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“Rare birds close to the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

The major draw of Tiritiri Matangi is that it is a DOC Wildlife Reserve which has public access, unlike many of them. The bird life on the island is extensive, and you will almost certainly see Stitchbird, Bellbird, Robins, Saddlebacks, Takahe, and if you are lucky Kokako. The populations of these protected birds are doing so well that I have heard recently that pairs are migrating to the mainland.

Visited November 2012
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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“Bird life on Tiritiri Matangi”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

We both thoroughly enjoyed this trip to an off shore open bird sanctuary.Iit was easy to find parking for our large campa close to the ferry at Gulf Harbour. The boat trip over was very enjoyable as it was a calm sunny day. Our guide Martin (once we were on the island) was informative and friendly and led us around the various tracks where we were thrilled to be able to see saddlebacks and the endangered kokako as well as other native birds in their natural habitat. The giant pohutakawa tree was a great sight. We enjoyed the shop at the top and and lunch watching the friendly wekas. This would be a lovely family outing and very good value for money spent. Highly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Huge Tuis & other birds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Tthis is a great place to visit and wander around amongst the beautiful birds. The view out to sea and also towards Auckland city is fantastic. Travel by ferry is easy and fun. A picnic on the lawn rounds off a great day.

Visited October 2012
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