Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland
(4.9/5 based on 1,100+ 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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  • The sun was shining and we made the most of having our own boat & catching up with friends sharing good food, wine and friendship. One also has to go exploring for the bird life and just enjoy soaking...  more »
  • Wonderful day out, great walks over the island and an abundance of wild life from etas to tuatara to all the birds long lost from our usual bush 
  • Birdsong like New Zealand used to be. The best place to see rare and endangered species- takahe, kokaka. A must visit. No food available and food on ferry is limited- take your own.