Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland

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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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  • Excellent way to be a visitor in NZ: you get birds, exotic woods, lovely beach and a very knowledgeable volunteer guide to access this research center. Nice trip on the ferry you get the view of Auckl...  more »
  • It is a beautiful island and a "sanctuary" of birds. An island that was almost completely destroyed and agricultural production that has been recovered for several years. They attract people, on the weekends, to help plant trees and that is why the "new" area of the island/mata has the plants too close together because it was planted without great control for sites that would help there. To get there one must take a ferry (ferry) in the morning. Price is not very cheap (around NZ $70.00), like everything else in Auckland and New Zealand, but be sure to do because of it. You can just buy the ticket from the ticket or with a guide for the island. I highly recommend paying a little bit more and make the tracks with the guides (volunteers), as they help to find and identify birds. There is only one round in the morning hours, pay attention. In the afternoon the ferry collects the people on the island. Be careful not to be left there, as this can get expensive financially. In addition, you can-and must-pack a lunch because on the island are few and expensive options. But watch out that packages should be closed/sealed, by health issues. In addition, all waste produced should be brought back and played in Auckland. Enjoy a lot of the day.
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  • This is a fantastic preserve on an island just off the coast from Auckland. 30 years of restoration of many species indigenous to NZ found no where else on earth. The easy ferry ride to the island is ...  more »