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Tiritiri Matangi Island

Predator-free bird sanctuary

Tiritiri Matangi

Magical Tiritiri Matangi is one of the most successful community-led conservation projects in the world. Unwanted predators have been eradicated and rare native birds such as the kōkako and the takahē (once thought to be extinct) survive and thrive in restored habitats within regenerating native forest.

The island is managed by DoC in partnership with Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi – a voluntary community group and major contributor to the success of Tiritiri Matangi as an open sanctuary.

The island is the perfect day trip destination for nature lovers and families and there are excellent walks on the island.

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Tiritiri Matangi is a 80-minute ride from Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour with Explore Ferry – return ferry adult/child $95/50. You can also book the ferry & guided walk package, plus family packages.

Tiritiri Matangi Island walks

Attractions for Kids

Hauraki Gulf Islands

Island Escapes

Short Walks

Up North


Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Roz Palethorpe