Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland

Categories: Islands, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web
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. Put Tiritiri Matangi Island into our Auckland travel itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We travelled from Aukland Harbour to take advantage of a fine day on the bay. Taking a tour (only 10 dollars) we set off around that Island with our well informed guide Sarah. A fairly gentle walk, we...  read more »
  • Wonderful to be on Tiritiri Matangi with the knowledgeable and fascinating guides Malcolm and Donald. The bird life is special from the kokako to the takahe. Tiritiri a rare bird indeed. 
  • My wife and I visited Tiritiri Matangi in late August 2016. We actually got on the boat at Gulf Harbour, rather than Auckland which reduced the price of the boat ride. We were quite fortunate as it wa...  read more »
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