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. To plan Auckland vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • After an enjoyable ferry cruise , Tiri Tiri offers a great refuge from Auckland City - the bird life was great + volentory staff were very helpful + knowledgeable A unique NZ experience  more »
  • Went on this wonderful journey to learn more about New Zealand's birds before travelling around North and South Island. The team on TiriTiri Matangi as well as the volunteers offer excellent guided wa...  more »
  • This is a nice place to disconnect from the hectic Auckland. After a boat start allowing a magnificent view of the city we arrive in a place out of time. The volunteers will allow you to better understand the genesis and operation of the places and, hopefully, see a multitude of unknown birds outside of NZ. A beautiful day to be calm, with a possible swimming in addition, what to ask for better!
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  • Fantastic experience for locals and overseas visitors. This is the #1 thing to do in Auckland. Tip: pay a little extra for a guide. It is well worth it. You will see more birds and learn amazing things about each bird. You will want to come back again . It is an unforgettable experience.
  • The ferry trip was pleasant and the volunteer guides knowledgeable and informative. It was great to see how the natural vegetation on the island has been restored to attract indigenous birds. One takes one's own picnic lunch and there is ample seating at outdoor tables to enjoy a picnic.
  • Magic place to be. Beautiful walks and sandy beaches. We swim and fish a lot around this island. Amazing Anchorage. Always so calm minus the swells that some in otherwise so clam and bay is always full. So get in early.
  • What a hidden treasure this island is, lovely walks and lots of birdlife. The little penguin burrows are fascinating. Well worth a visit, so quiet and beautiful scenery so close to Auckland
  • Expensive day out but a great experience. Lots of birds to see and plenty of trails to walk. Nice beach near the landing area to chill out for a while. Take your swimming togs!
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