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Auckland staycation Hauraki Gulf Island

A day on Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland

South Island saddleback in Tiritiri Matangi Island South Island saddleback in Tiritiri Matangi Island

TOP SIGHTS

  • Well established open sanctuary with a prolific wildlife
  • Interesting day walks from lighthouse viewpoint to wetlands and bush trails

Tiritiri Matangi has a fascinating historical record both in Maori and European history. Tiritiri Matangi continues to showcase successful community-lead conservation projects in the world to restore natural flora and fauna. Birdsong greets birdwatchers who view Tiritiri Matangi as a must go destination.

A favourite for day trippers from Auckland. The island is an open sanctuary for endangered native species. Take a guided walk to learn about the island’s wildlife and original spade brigade, or explore it at your own pace.

A single takahe on the beach on Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf

VISITOR INFORMATION – TIRITIRI MATANGI ISLAND, HAURAKI GULF, AUCKLAND

Important Information

  • There is no phone available for use on the island apart from in an emergency.
  • There is a visitor centre and shop near the lighthouse which is normally open 11am – 3pm from Wednesday to Sunday and where souvenirs and cold drinks can be purchased. There is no food for sale on the island so please remember to take your own food and snacks for the day.
  • Toilets are located at the Tiritiri Matangi Wharf, Hobbs Beach and the lighthouse.
  • Smoking is restricted to the designated area at the wharf and outside the visitor centre.
  • Please keep to the tracks so you don’t disturb plants, birds or scientific studies.
  • Dogs are not allowed.
  • Fires and portable barbeques are not permitted.
  • There are no rubbish bins on the island, so please remember to take all your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Bicycles, scooters and skateboards are not permitted on the island.
  • If you wish to stay overnight on Tiritiri Matangi Island, you will need to book your return ferry tickets directly with our reservations team. Please email info@exploregroup.co.nz or call 0800 397 567 to arrange. Your overnight accommodation at the Tiritiri Matangi Island bunkhouse will need to be booked separately via the Department of Conservation.
New Zealand Native Endangered Kokako on Tiritiri Matangi Island Wildlife Sanctuary
Tiritiri Matangi Island @Fullers

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Year round with Auckland’s sub-tropical climate, wear a waterproof layer in winter and enjoy the peace and quiet of the island

HOW LONG DO YOU NEED TO VISIT TIRITIRI MATANGI ISLAND?

Allow a minimum of half a day with an early morning start. Pack a picnic lunch and listen to the accompanying bird song while watching activity on the Hauraki Gulf.

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