Visit Tiritiri Matangi Island

Located in the Hauraki Gulf, this predator-free island is a 75-minute ferry ride from the Downtown Auckland ferry terminal.

Tiritiri Matangi is protected haven for endangered species. The island is a nature lover’s paradise, particularly for avid birdwatchers. Beyond native wildlife, it is home to a 150-year-old lighthouse, a network of trail walks through lush coastal forest, plus pristine beaches and spectacular views.

What can I do?

Guided Walk – our guide will lead you straight to the little blue penguins’ nesting boxes, plus show you the best spots to watch birdlife and how to identify the different species by sight and sound.

Birdlife – this predator-free island is home to many rare and endangered birds.

Explore – walk through a native forest, take a guided walk, visit the Lighthouse and the Visitor Centre.

You can even stay the night on Tiritiri Matangi!

Social Protocols

  1. Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
  2. Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
  3. Be considerate of others - You’ll be part of a group, so it’s important to be kind and courteous.
  4. Be sun smart - Make sure you bring sunblock to protect yourself from the Kiwi sun (even on cloudy days!)

Cultural Protocols

  1. A chance to relax - This experience is one way Kiwis like to relax and enjoy life so it will seem very relaxed. Have fun, enjoy slowing down (away from work or study) and relax!
  2. Be a respectful visitor - You will be a guest during this experience, so please be respectful. Two important Māori customs are to take your shoes off indoors and avoid sitting on tables or pillows.
  3. Don't be shy - Kiwis are very friendly, open people so this experience is a great opportunity to not be shy, smile lots and make some new friends.
  4. Outdoor eating - You can expect to be eating in the outdoors, which means finding a spot on the ground to sit and enjoy your meal - make the most of this ‘el fresco’ experience!
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