Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk
from AUD $83.99
Get one of the limited tickets for a day at Tiritiri Matangi bird sanctuary, home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and endangered bird species. You’ll take a ferry across the Hauraki Gulf to the island, have an optional guided walk with a knowledgeable local guide, and enjoy free time to explore the walking trails, beach, Visitor Center and Hauraki Gulf’s oldest lighthouse.
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In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
8 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Waitemata Harbour, Auckland New Zealand

Meet your ferry at downtown Auckland’s ferry terminal and relax on the beautiful 75-minute ride across the Hauraki Gulf to Tiritiri Matangi island.

Stop At: Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand

When you arrive at the island, you’ll receive an orientation from the ranger. You can then opt to take a 1.5 hour guided walk where you'll learn from your guide about the island's bird life, history and environmental restoration. The guided walk is recommended for an in-depth introduction to the island's birds, other wildlife, and history, or you can choose to spend the whole day exploring the island on your own.

The predator-free island is home to many endangered native birds, including the colorful and rare takahe. Other birds that can be found here include the stitchbird, saddleback, bellbird, brown teal, whitehead, kakariki, kokako, New Zealand robin, fernbird and penguins. Once deforested, the island has been recovering since 1984, when hundreds of volunteers started planting 300,000 native trees. Since then, 12 endangered native bird species and 3 reptile species, including the rare tuatara (a prehistoric lizard), have been re-established in the sanctuary. Your guide will give you tips about the best spots to see specific animals and how to identify the birdcalls that you will hear.

Stop At: Hauraki Gulf, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand

Your guide will finish the tour at the visitor center where you can browse through informative exhibits. Free tea and coffee is provided at the center and there are plenty of tables where you can eat your lunch (not sold on the island, please bring your own).

Afterward, you can relax around the Visitor Center and check out the lighthouse, built circa 1864 and once the brightest lighthouse in the southern hemisphere. Or explore the walking trails that wind throughout the island, with varying choices for different fitness levels. In warmer months, head to Hobbs beach for a swim. You’ll have about five hours total on the island, with plenty of time to explore and see some of New Zealand's rarest animal life. Numbers of visitors are limited in order to protect the wildlife in the open sanctuary. Don't miss this chance to visit magical Tiritiri!

Stop At: Fullers 360 Discovery Cruises, 139 Quay Street Fullers360 Information Centre and Ticket Office, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

Afterward, you can relax around the Visitor Center and check out the lighthouse


  • Guided walk (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Tiritiri Matangi Island


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Downtown Ferry Terminal, Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please bring suitable walking shoes, a light rain jacket, sunscreen, hat, towel and swimwear
  • There are no shops on the island. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Island is a wonderful place to see native bird life. Ferry ride from Auckland is quite enjoyable. Only word of advice to future visitors: sign up for guided tour. Guides are volunteers with a wealth of knowledge and will point out many birds as well as facts and figures not available to the average visitor.
• Submitted 19 Feb 2020
Something every NZer should do. We saw birds that we would never see normally including Takahe or notornis by its scientific name.
• Submitted 12 Feb 2020
Beautiful hiking trails through the bush where you get to see and hear all the birds. If you take a guided tour, which I suggest, all the guides are volunteers who love the island. Claire was amazing! The lighthouse and views are beautiful. This is a scientific conservation island and they are doing a great job! Definitely a must see! 75 minute ferry ride there was beautiful as well!!!
• Submitted 10 Feb 2020
A wonderful day amongst nature. Very knowledgeable volunteer guides who made the experience very uniques. So many birds, amazing.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2020
Second visit and loved it as much as the first. Didn’t go on the free guided tours but I suspect they’re fantastic. The guides were a fountain of knowledge and being keen on birds and nature in general, one kind guide (Sahrah) showed us some wonderful things in her spare time which were greatly appreciated. Lovely walks and the weather was perfect.
• Submitted 26 Nov 2019
The island trails are fantastic. They are very well kept and allow you multiple chances to view great flora and bird specimens. The volunteer who was our guide was very friendly, passionate and knowledgeable. We must have seen about 13-15 different species of birds.
• Submitted 25 Nov 2019
If you are a bird enthusiast or not , this island is heaven. Melodious birdsongs greet you from the moment you step into this island. We took the guided walk and our Guide were lovely - helping us spot the birds and help u identify the bird by their sounds. This was a great day ,really enjoyed it.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2019
The Tiritiri Matangi Island is a short ferry ride from Auckland. It's teaming with birds and is being kept as a pristine nature area; you must take out everything (trash) you bring on the island. The guides are volunteers, are professional and knowledgeable. There's a lot of walking involved in the guided tour. I was concerned that there would be a lot of down time after the guided tour, but there isn't because there's so much to see. If you visit Auckland, you should seriously consider making this trip to the island and take the guided walking tour.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
You can find many kinds of birds which you have never seen. Optical guides explains politely about life of birds , wild animals and culture of maori. I really enjoyed this tour. I want to join again!!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Not a bird enthusiast at all but had a great time on this tour. Beautiful island with great views and very informative guides
• Submitted 16 May 2018
Fantastic. Very well organized and executed. One of the best tours we took in New Zealand.
• Submitted 23 Mar 2018
We weren't sure how this tour would take a full day, or the high ratings were because the site drew committed birdwatchers and, not falling into that category, we might not like it as much. But the island, and the volunteers, lived up to the reviews. Great walk for several hours with multiple lengths of walk available on arrival. We had a great day on the ferry ride and the island.
• Submitted 14 Mar 2018
A unique Auckland experience that should not be missed. The volunteer guide from Supporters of Tiritiri Mantanga was excellent. Remarkably knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. While we saw considerable wildlife, be aware this is not a zoo and so the birds can be hard to spot although the guide was very helpful in spotting them.
• Submitted 26 Feb 2018
Wonderful day. Saw so many birds. The guided walk was well worth doing as we saw and found out so much more than walking around on our own. Thoroughly recommend. Going on the boat was great too
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
This was a wonderful day. It started with a very nice ferry ride to the island where we were met with a wonderful group of volunteers. They kept the groups small and we had 1 volunteer for 4 people. The trail walk was filled with listening to and finding very interesting birds and our volunteer her name was Penny was extremely knowledgeable about the island and the birds. Once the walk was over, we visited the lovely gift shop and took another path back to the shore where we met the ferry for the return trip. If you want to get away for the day and be somewhere not too many people are, this is the perfect tour.
• Submitted 09 Feb 2018
A lot to explore if you love wildlife
• Submitted 12 Jan 2018
This is a fantastic experience to hear from the expert but volunteer guide and also the 'ranger' about all the amazing work and accomplishments at the island, not to mention seeing all the birds and foliage for whom all the work is aimed. It was a great day learning about so many different types of wildlife and how it's being protected on scenic Tiritiri. We all saw and learned so much! Everyone was knowledgeable and clear, and the gift shop was an interesting one, too! Thanks for a great outing!
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
We had a superb volunteer guide! Roger was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Priceless experience with the real birds of Tiritiri Matangi on a perfect day!!
• Submitted 30 Dec 2017
The closest place to Paradise you will ever get! A beautiful uninhabited island providing the best opportunity to see some spectacular and rare endemic new zealand birds - we were guided around the island by a botanically knowledgable lady who allowed us the opportunity to stop and look at the birdlife and scenery as and when we wanted. If you are a birder this a unique chance to see species such as Stitchbird, Saddleback, Takahe and Kokako in their natural surroundings and at close quarters. For others it provides the chance to explore a fascinating and unspoilt island and see the amazing effort New Zealand expends protecting their special wildlife and the value they place on biodiversity. A lesson to us all!
• Submitted 27 Dec 2017
Fantastic trip. Well organised, great tour guide, beautiful ferry ride and Tiritiri Matangi island is amazing.
• Submitted 20 Dec 2017
• Submitted 31 Oct 2017
A must trip for birders! For us the boat ride was quite rough, but we heard from regular visitors there that they had never had such a rough trip to the island. If you're not familiar with birds in New Zealand, it's best to have a guide. Well worth the extra money.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2017
Beautiful Island! Loved every minute of the tour.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2017
Stepped off the ferry into a virtual paradise for birds. Great guides and lots of history info.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2017

In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
8 hours

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