Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland Central

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#1 of 34 in Wildlife in Auckland Central
The wildlife sanctuary of Tiritiri Matangi Island shelters a number of threatened and endangered bird and reptile species, including the tuatara, the only survivor of a distinct order of reptiles that lived at the same time as dinosaurs. Though over a century of farming had stripped this area of its native bush, much of it has been restored thanks to the efforts of volunteers, who planted nearly 300,000 trees here between 1984 and 1994. Today, the site ranks among New Zealand's most important conservation projects. Walk among the native bush and look out for the birds, such as the flightless takahe, wandering freely and flashing their colors. Sit quietly at one of the feeders and watch as the birds gurgle and feed safe from predators, or stay the night and visit the kiwis. Do consider taking a tour with a guide, who can show you things that the inexperienced eye may overlook. The shop near the lighthouse sells books and souvenirs, such as leadlight bird hangings, native wildlife finger puppets, and fridge magnets. To plan Auckland Central vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • This is a fantastic place. Even on an overcast day we had such a good time seeing birds we had never seen before and the Giant Weta! The guides are really helpful and take you on a lovely walk around....  more »
  • My wife and I spent an enjoyable day walking this island. The guded tour was one of the highlights as our guide was so knowledgeable and informed us of the history and the abundant species of flora an...  more »
  • Well worth the trip. The ferry ride to get there is a fabulous relaxed way to see Auckland and beyond. I took overseas guests. We all loved the experience. The Bird life is awesome. Would highly recom...  more »
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  • A wonderful experience to see so many native bird species that are rare of absent on the mainland. The $10 dollar tours are very good and great value for many. An inspiring project!
  • An amazing place to see wildlife and see some of our endangered birds. I highly recommend it to anyone traveling around NZ!
  • A fantastic place for all bird and nature lovers! If you around and don't go there, then you miss something. Simply get a ferry ticket at the Auckland ferry terminal.
  • It was awesome. I liked all the birds.
  • There is a reason why this is the number 1 activity in Auckland on trip advisor. Passionate volunteers to guide you through the replanted forest teeming with birdlife and sweeping views of the Gulf back to the city

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As a modern and cosmopolitan city, Auckland benefits from a range of accommodations. From downtown luxury and boutique hotels to suburban bed and breakfasts, motels, and campsites, visitors of all persuasions and budgets can find something to suit them. A cluster of accommodations around the airport make convenient stops for those traveling late, while the popular harbor area offers rooms with a nice view. RV parks on the edge of town make a great basecamp for getting out into the surrounding landscape.
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