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.

Buy tickets

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.

IS TIRITIRI MATANGI ISLAND WHEELCHAIR/STROLLER FRIENDLY?

Yes, but you need to be aware that access to many parts of the Island will be difficult. Many visitors bring a child's buggy and still take the popular routes from the wharf to and from the buildings, but there are steps, so you need to be prepared to lift the buggy when necessary. A wheelchair is less practical because of its size, but the area immediately around the Visitor Centre is accessible to wheelchairs, as is the route to the public toilets near the wharf. Wheelchair-bound visitors can enjoy many of the Island's birds and plants around the Visitor Centre.  

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 your accommodation here or call DOC (Department of Conservation) on 09 425 7812.

Important: To book your ferry ticket for an overnight stay on the island, call our ticket office on 09 307 8005. Overnight ferry tickets cannot be booked online. 

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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28/06/2017
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Travel Alerts

Beach Haven/Hobsonville service update for June 28th 2017

Please be advised the 1715 and 1815 AKL - BH - HOB- BH - AKL services for June 28th 2017 will be delayed by approximately 30 minutes due to a vessel breakdown.

Kind Regards,

360 Team 


Waiheke Bus Alert: Bus Stop Closure

Please be advised that due to roadworks the bus stop “Ostend Waiheke Bus Company Depot” (#1509) will be closed on the following dates:

 

Stage 1: Monday 26th June – Thursday 6th July.

Stage 2: Monday 10th July – Monday 17th July.

 

Any questions please call the Waiheke Bus Depot on (09) 372 8823.


Gulf Harbour service temporary bus stop:

The normal bus stop at pier 1 / Cloud is now closed until 8th July due to the Lions rugby fan Zone.

The temporary bus stop is the same as the one used during the World Masters Games. Buses will depart Auckland from the bus stop at 152 Quay St, westbound (outside the ICBC building directly opposite The Cloud). Buses will depart Gulf Harbour from Pier Z carpark.

Please note, the buses will only arrive a couple of minutes prior to departure due to congestion issues.

Regards,

360 Discovery Team


360 Discovery survey period

From now until mid-October our vessels will enter their winter survey period. This is where all of our vessels undergo inspection and we carry out any necessary repairs - you may have noticed that D7 was removed from service at the beginning of the week. We’ll be taking one vessel out of service at a time, and D6 will cover the majority of our vessels when this happens.

Whilst D7 is on survey, Discovery 3 will replace her, we do anticipate that the 16:45 AKL-Gulf Harbour service to operate close to capacity. To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to travel on D6 and Takahe on the 17:15 and 17:45 AKL-GH services

We’ll be closely monitoring passenger numbers and the capacity of each vessel during this time, and we’ll keep you updated when we can.

Kind Regards,

Jimbo

James Bailey - 360 Manager 


Travel Alert – Extra Services, Lions Tour

Please be advised that the following services will operate in addition to our normal timetable during the Lions Tour:

Wednesday 7 June 2017
Auckland to Birkenhead/Northcote Point
11.10pm

Auckland to Bayswater
11.00pm

Auckland to Half Moon Bay
11.10pm

Saturday 24 June 2017
Inner Harbour Loop (Auckland to Birkenhead via Bayswater and NCP)
11.10pm

Saturday 8 July 2017
Inner Harbour Loop (Auckland to Birkenhead via Bayswater and NCP)
11.10pm


Waiheke Bus Alert - Update on Moa Rd Diversion

Please be advised that Moa Ave will be closed in sections for roadworks over the next 3-6 weeks, between 6.00am - 6.30pm Monday to Friday.

The following diversion will be in place at all times due to the road not being suitable for our buses until roadworks are completed:

The top of Moa Ave between Oceanview Road - Manuka will be closed initially, which will cause our buses on route 1, 1a and 3 to make a slight diversion during these roadworks and they'll miss the two bus tops at the top of Moa Ave.

Please contact the Waiheke Bus Company on (09) 376 9111 for more information.