Tiritiri Matangi Island is an open wildlife sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, a protected haven for native and endangered species. The island is a nature lover’s paradise, particularly for avid birdwatchers. As well as the wildlife and beautiful birdsong, the scenery alone is stunning. ‘Tiri’ is one of Auckland’s pest-free ‘Treasure Islands’.
Discover the native flora and fauna
Join a guided walk to see birdlife and learn about other native flora and fauna. The guides will help you identify the various species and show you the best spots to see wildlife.
Sneak a peek
Check out the little blue penguins’ nesting boxes on the walking track around Hobbs Beach.
Explore one of the walking tracks that lead to the visitor centre, a popular place to enjoy a picnic lunch. Walk the 1-hour Kawaura Track through coastal forest and pohutukawa trees thought to be 800 to 1000 years old.
Enjoy a swim and picnic at Hobbs Beach, a leisurely 10-minute walk from the main wharf. It’s the perfect spot for a dip on a sunny day, or just relax on the beach and soak up the views.
Walk to the lighthouse
Visit the historical lighthouse built in 1864, the oldest working lighthouse in New Zealand. Take the 30-minute Wattle Track, a baby-buggy-friendly walk with excellent opportunities for bird watching.
All of Tiritiri Matangi Island is an open wildlife sanctuary and one of the most successful conservation projects in the world. Visit for the incredible birdsong and the possibility of meeting several of New Zealand’s native and most endangered species in the wild.
‘Tiri’, as it’s called by the locals, is the perfect day trip destination for nature lovers and families. Catch the ferry from downtown Auckland and if you’re a first-time visitor, join a guided tour to discover the thriving wildlife all around you. Keep a watchful eye out for stitchbirds, bellbirds, tiny North Island robins and spot the beautiful blue-grey colours of the kokako.
To start planning your trip to Tititiri Matangi, download this map of Hauraki Gulf & islands.
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