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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Secure a limited ticket to Tiritiri Matangi island, a protected sanctuary for rare and endangered bird species of New Zealand. A 75-minute ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf brings you to the island preserve, where you have the day to stroll the trails and enjoy the coastline after a ranger orientation. Gain a deeper understanding of Tiritiri Matangi’s role in preserving birdlife with an optional 1.5-hour guided hike.
  • Full-day trip to the bird sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island from Auckland
  • Join a 1.5-hour guided walk to learn about the bird life and history of Tiritiri Matangi Island
  • Have plenty of free time to walk the island’s peaceful trails at your leisure
  • Enjoy informative displays and complimentary coffee and tea at the Visitor’s Center
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Departure Point

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

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Don't miss an opportunity to visit Tiritiri Matangi island, where numbers of visitors are limited in order to protect the island’s wildlife. Ride a 75-minute ferry from Auckland across the Hauraki Gulf to Tiritiri Matangi, a predator-free open sanctuary that’s home to many endangered native birds found in New Zealand. 

You’ll have about five hours total on the island. First, listen to a ranger discuss environmental recovery efforts since 1984, which have helped re-establish 12 endangered native bird species and 3 reptile species, including the rare tuatara (a prehistoric lizard). 

Opt for an in-depth island tour to learn about resident birds and other wildlife. During the 1.5-hour walk, a guide teaches you to identify various birdcalls. Finish the tour at the visitor center where you can browse through informative exhibits while sipping complimentary tea and coffee.

Alternatively, spend your time exploring the island’s walking trails on your own. Perhaps stop by the lighthouse and, in warmer months, head to Hobbs beach for a swim before the ferry ride back to Auckland.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Waitemata Harbour
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.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tiritiri Matangi Island
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.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hauraki Gulf
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!
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fullers 360 Discovery Cruises
Afterward, you can relax around the Visitor Center and check out the lighthouse
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY 360 Discovery LTD

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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  • "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." See review
  • "Highly recommended for anyone and easy to get around for all ages" See review

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Denise_M
, Jan 2021
Seeing all the birds round the feeders and then pairs of saddlebacks in the trees. The birdsong was memorable. The guide was a fount of knowledge. I would recommend having a guide
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Fantastic Tiritiri Matangi
Deidre
, Jan 2021
To see what has been done on the Island is fantastic - we were very impressed with the conservation efforts and just to experience the beauty and majestic surroundings was absolutely superb.
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A Treasure in Tiritiri Matangi
Kaye_H
, Dec 2020
I saw birds that I had never seen before. The whole day (boat trip over, exploring the island, the volunteer guides) was one of the high lights of our 2 week trip!
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I thought it was a great experience
judith_m
, Nov 2020
I thought the whole experience was good, the guides were excellent, because they want to be there, not because they have too.
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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland
Liz_M
, Nov 2020
Great experience however they were not expecting to give us a guide when we got there even though I had phoned viator to check we had one. Nevertheless we got a guide Julie who was great. Viator need to make sure some of the price we paid goes back to the sanctuary instead of to Fullers now Please Viator do the necessary. thank you! The who was with you needs to be revised as it does not cover my case - I took my sister.....
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Trip to a nature paradise
Diana
, Oct 2020
Lovely island , beautiful scenery. We had a friendly guide. She had time for a longer walk and answered all our questions. We had also plenty of time to have relax and explore the island. The weather was beautiful too.
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Best Experience
AnaH_P
, Jul 2020
The Guide was beautiful and at a good space. Loved the island, the scenery was immaculate! Our tour guide was very lovely and passionate about the island. My partner and I definitely want to go back during the summer. Tiri is such a beautiful place!!
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Delightful Day
Deborah_S
, Mar 2020
I took the ferry and the guided walk which was well organized. The volunteer guide was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this excursion. You will see many birds!
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Nature as it’s pristine self.
Natwarlal_N
, Mar 2020
The fruits of years of volunteering endeavours and efforts have borne fruits now for all the generations to enjoy. Thank you for the opportunity to experience something original as nature had intended.
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Julie_W
, Feb 2020
Wonderful weather, guide and bird watching. Highly recommended for anyone and easy to get around for all ages
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Product code: 6195TIRITIRI

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