Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland

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#1 of 205 in Wildlife in North Island
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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  • August 11, 2017
    I'm not a huge bird fan. But, some of the birds on this island are beautiful. It is a great example that people can restore a habitat. The guided tour was great. They do allow you to explore the islan...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    To get to Tiri (Tiri Tiri Matangi) there will be a boat trip of some kind. Visitors to the city can either catch a ferry from the bottom of town, or take a drive north to the end of the Whangaparoa pe...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Stunning - loved Tiritiri Matangi since I was a kid. Love love love - well worth a visit if ever the opportunity should arise.  more »

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