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“The perfect day out”

Tiritiri Matangi Island
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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Stunning scenery, informative guides and a lot of fun for a really good cause. We loved it!
Make sure you take sun screen, water and a good pair of shoes!

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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Leave Auckland to the masses! Tiritiri Matangi gives some flavour of just how beautiful and varied New Zealand must have been before its forests were destroyed – that’s not to say NZ is no longer beautiful, but that a lot of its incredible bird-life is now consigned to small areas.

Created and ran by a group of dedicated volunteers with support from the Department of the Environment, the island has largely been restored to something like its natural glory. We paid $10 to have a guided walk on the island, and feel this was a real bargain. You can, if you wish, wander around the island’s various tracks as you wish, but the 2-hours guided walk rewards you with a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, volunteer guide – one of seven that were guiding on the Sunday of our visit.

There is nothing quite prepares you for the beautiful sound of so many bellbirds singing simultaneously!

1  Thank Sula-Bheinn
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

While staying in Auckland you must get the ferry over to Tiritiri Matangi. It is a bird santuary and many native birds are there, including kiwi, kokako, tui, fantails, stichbirds, etc. There is also a lizard called a Tuatara that has been around since the dinosaur age.

If you are really organised you could book well ahead (up to 6 months) to stay in a hut there, and if you walk around after dark you might see/hear kiwis, since they are nocturnal.

Check out the photos I took here:
http://photographyaddiction.com/native-bird-photography-tiritiri-matangi-island/

3  Thank Renee G
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

Board the clean and modern ferry from Pier 4 in downtown Auckland for a beautiful ride to Tiritiri Matangi Island. While on board we bought a $1 map from an elegant and friendly lady volunteer who answered our questions and gave us tips. After arrival, a park ranger divided us into groups of 8 for the guided walk. We went with Volunteer Mike, who was knowledgeable and an excellent guide, for the longer walk of lots of bird sightings and bird songs. Enjoyed our picnic lunch by the shop for more birds. What a fabulous day! Thank you, Mike and all the lady volunteers.

4  Thank K L
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

At Tiritiri Matangi, you can experience what it might have been like when Cook pronounced New Zealand so noisy with birdlife that it was hard to have a conversation. Tiritiri was the last place we visited before leaving New Zealand after a 4-week trip. Up until then, we had been repeatedly struck by the shockingly scarce terrestrial bird life here, owing to the management of enormous percentages of the country for agriculture and sylviculture and the introduction of nonnative predators and competitors. It was overwhelmingly beautiful and inspiring to see so many endangered species prospering in this environment, which needs constant vigilance to remain predator-free. Hats off to the rangers and supporters who have made this place possible.

If you can spend only an afternoon, then by all means take the guided walk. We learned and saw so much and could not imagine that the charge was only $5, and that all the guides are volunteers (and clearly passionate ones). If you can, stay the night in the very well-equipped bunkhouse, where there are shared sleeping rooms, great hot showers and toilets and a completely stocked kitchen (except for the food, which each visitor provides). Staying the night gives you a chance to go out at night to look for kiwis (which all of us saw on that particular night) and, if you're not too tired from staying out at night with the kiwis, to get up to hear the dawn chorus the next morning. But honestly, there was so much bird activity all day long that in many places on the island the "dawn chorus" seemed to be happening all day long.

Although it is important for visitors not to feed birds (for health and conservation reasons), the reserve does provide sugar-water feeders frequented by stitchbirds and bellbirds along some of the paths as well as by the visitors' center, where tui can also feed from them. In addition, water baths placed along the trails (often with a bench nearby so you can sit, watch, marvel and enjoy), provide strong attractants to birds who come to drink or bathe, and these are also great spots for taking photographs.

Don't miss it! This is an absolute gem, and a beacon of hope for the future of New Zealand's endangered wildlife.

1  Thank BrahminyKite48
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