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Tiritiri Matangi Island

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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed 6 days 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

Thank SueB88
Reviewed 1 week 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

1  Thank John123874
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I spent the day on the island and took the guided tour with one of the lovely volunteers. The island was beautiful and we were saw plenty of the local wildlife.

1  Thank ajmc33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tiritiri is simply magical. This pest-free and restored island is covered in native bush and a huge array of birds - some that were almost extinct a generation earlier. The coastline, especially on the northern side is amazing and the walking really interesting. There are...More

1  Thank rjwagener
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You get the 9am ferry from Auckland harbour and by 10.15 you’re on the island and ready for the guided walk. Amazing 2-3 hours with a volunteer guide with so much knowledge and information about birds, fauna and flora. Our guide was Roy and his...More

3  Thank Coffdrop60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely worth the trip to go to the island. Make sure you take a guided tour the first time so the guide can point out each of the different birds and trees on the island. Lots of great hiking trails throughout the island!

2  Thank tbirdclassic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This island was a highlight of our trip and a true paradise on earth. It was once a farming island, its natural vegetation stripped bare, but between 1985 and 1995 volunteers planted over 250000 trees and revegetated the island, and the wildlife has come back...More

4  Thank s4172249
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

TiritiriMatangi Island is a special place which the moderately fit nature lover will enjoy. The Island is a nature sanctuary where pests such as rats, mice, possums and stoats have been largely eliminated. Visitors are requested to ensure that none of these pests come aboard...More

4  Thank TravellerFaye
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A predator free island sanctuary 60 min ferry from Auckland. Bird lovers paradise, they land on you with no fear as they have no predators. Beautiful range of NZ native birds including the Takahe and Penguins. A must on a fine day. Take a picnic....More

Thank alextP8567UM
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The island is absolutely full of birdlife which you notice as soon as you step off the ferry. Beautiful coastline with rocky coves and clear water. The track is well formed but lacks good signage at many intersections. Suggest this be improved to help visitors...More

Thank Wolf_298
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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
April 25, 2018|
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Response from 119rubys | Reviewed this property |
Make sure you take anti nausea pills at least half an hour before you get on the ferry as sometimes the journey is very rough.