Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland

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Island Wildlife Area
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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  • If you are a tourist looking for an epic place to see in NZ this island might not be for you, but if you are someone who is staying in Auckland for a while then its a really nice place to spend a day ...  more »
  • The guided tour by Jenny was very informative about all kinds flora, birds and the history of the island. A beautiful island and the trip is a great day out for everyone.  more »
  • We arrived after a lovely ferry journey, dumped our bags off at a storage unit, then made our way to the guides, as we had a guided tour. Our guide led us to see the baby penguins, which weren't there...  more »