heading to Tiritiri Matangi Island

world-renowned bird sanctuary


Tiritiri Matangi Island is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary for New Zealand's native and coastal birds situated in the Hauraki Gulf only a 75 minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland (via Gulf Harbour). The island is a protected haven for native and endangered species, and is a nature lover’s paradise, particularly for avid birdwatchers. From the moment you step onto the island to the moment you leave, you’ll be serenaded by bird songs while exploring walking tracks through native bush and coastal forests.

As well as wonderful wildlife, Tiritiri Matangi has a 150 year old lighthouse, a Visitor Centre, some great walks, views and beaches.  Most visitors start with a guided walk which finishes at the Tiritiri Visitor Centre where there are informative displays and a great gift shop with complimentary tea and coffee. All profits from the shop go back to supporting the conservation and education programmes on the island. There are plenty of tables outside to have your lunch and if it’s wet there’s plenty of room in the Visitor Centre.

Tiritiri Matangi, meaning “tossed by the wind”, is an open Scientific Reserve managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) in partnership with the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Inc.  The island is one of the world’s most successful volunteer conservation projects. It’s been re-vegetated with around 300,000 native trees, and now has also seen 12 of New Zealand’s endangered birds and 3 reptile species successfully re-introduced to the island. The “open sanctuary” status allows 170 ferry visitors daily from Wednesday to Sunday onto the island.

Working in conjunction with 360 Discovery, the Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary offers a range of activities on the island, all of which promise to teach you more about our native wildlife and the history of Tiritiri Matangi Island.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR WHOLE TRIP?

Tiritiri Matangi is a full day activity.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Good walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat.
  • Swimming gear and a towel.
  • Plenty of water, snacks and lunch.
  • A light rain jacket, depending on the time of year and conditions.
  • There are no rubbish bins on pest-free islands. Please remember to take all your rubbish, including leftover food, off the island with you.

Please read our 'extra info' tab for additional info on Tiri and about staying overnight!

Book Your Guided Walk

Please note: On the day of sailing, visitors are required to phone the Tiritiri Matangi confirmation line after 7am to confirm sailing. Ph: 09 916 2241.

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Use our Journey Planner above to see when the next available ferry is. 

Journey time approx. 75 minutes from downtown Auckland.

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Bookings are essential.

 

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR WHOLE TRIP?

Tiritiri Matangi is a full day activity.

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Good walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat.
  • Swimming gear and a towel.
  • Plenty of water, snacks and lunch.
  • A light rain jacket, depending on the time of year and conditions.
  • There are no rubbish bins on pest-free islands. Please remember to take all your rubbish, including leftover food, off the island with you.

 

IMPORTANT BIOSECURITY INFORMATION

This island is pest-free and provides a sanctuary for our native wildlife. Please help to ensure the island stays pest-free.  Our vessels are licensed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Auckland Council to visit islands in the Hauraki Gulf. We run a biosecurity system on all our vessels which meet the criteria to hold a ‘Pest-Free Warrant’ for the Hauraki Gulf.

What you need to do to prepare for your trip to pest-free Tiritiri Matangi Island:

  • Please check your bags for stowaways, such as mice, rats, Argentine Ants and Rainbow Skinks to name a few.
  • Ensure your footwear, clothing and bags are clean and free of soil and seeds.
  • Your lunch must be packed in a rodent-proof/ sealed container e.g. hard plastic.
  • No open bags or boxes will be allowed on-board. Everything you bring must be sealed or zipped closed.

 

STAYING OVERNIGHT?

For a truly unique experience, stay overnight on Tiritiri Matangi. Observe New Zealand's nocturnal wildlife emerging as the sun goes down and wake up to Tiritiri's world famous dawn chorus. The little penguin (the world’s smallest penguin), and the little spotted kiwi, are just some of the wildlife you may be lucky to see.

If you’d like to stay on the island overnight book here or call DOC (Department of Conservation) on 09 425 7812.

Please remember:

  • Overnight gear (e.g. bedding, equipment) must be thoroughly checked for pest stowaways.
  • Food must be packed into rodent-proof/ sealed containers.
  • If you have any doubts or questions about your packed items please ask customer services staff or the boat crew.

Visit treasureislands.co.nz for further information on biosecurity and the Pest-free Warrant.

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28/09/2016
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Downtown Pier 2C Update

Please find below an update from Auckland Transport (AT) regarding the downtown Pier 2C closure:

Further to the removal of the gangway from Pier 2C in late May, design and manufacture of replacement parts are now underway, and we expect installation to be completed by the beginning of summer.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your patience whilst we improve your facility.
For more information, visit AT.govt.nz or phone 09 366 6400


Customer Announcement - Superflyte on survey

From today, Superflyte is out of operation while she undergoes her annual survey. We anticipate Superflyte to be back on the Waiheke run by the end of September. Until then, the morning services are expected to be:

0605 - Adventurer
0640 - Te Kotuku
0710 - Quickcat
0735 - Starflyte
0800 - Te Kotuku

In addition, we expect our afternoon services to be:

1600 - Quickcat
1630 - Starflyte
1700 - Te Kotuku
1730 - Quickcat
1800 - Starflyte
1830 - Te Kotuku

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you and appreciate your understanding. For up-to-date travel alerts and service information, download the new MyFerry App. available from the App Store and Google Play.

Thanks, The Fullers Team


Change of timetable for Gulf Harbour service

Dear Customers,

We’re very pleased to announce that Gulf Harbour services will be increasing on 17th October 2016.

Since the all-day service was introduced in July 2014 this service has been well supported by the local community.

360 Discovery have entered a new agreement with Auckland Transport to operate increased Gulf Harbour services – a total of 18 services per day with one more peak sailing each morning and afternoon. 360 Discovery are also in the final stages of purchasing another vessel (D7) to enable us to operate this service with better reliability and with more capacity than at present.

Over the next three weeks vessels will be swapped out to allow annual surveys of some vessels to be completed before the new services start.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Kind Regards,

Jimbo

James Bailey

Manager - 360 Discovery Cruises