Tiritiri Matangi Island

The island is off the end of the Whangaparoa peninsula in the Hauraki Gulf.
Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland
Forest restoration and pest control have provided a safe habitat for a number of rare and endangered species in this successful conservation project. The North Island saddleback, bellbird, kokako and the flightless takahe are established here.

DOC calls this one of the most successful conservation projects in the world.

As can be see from the photo, in the 1960s there was little bush on much of the island.

This is a full day trip. Visitors are recommended to take a packed lunch as no food is available on the Island. Complimentary tea or coffee is available at the visitor centre.

Take a ferry from Auckland (pier 3) or Gulf Harbour. Booking is essential.

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  • Tiritiri Matangi Island
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  • A 1960s view - Peter Taylor photo
    A 1960s view - Peter Taylor photo
  • Today things are different.
    Today things are different.
  • Visitors arrive at Tiritiri
    Visitors arrive at Tiritiri
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