Songs from a Lost World Tiritiri Matangi Dawn Chorus
on Tiritiri Matangi Island
Spring is the perfect time of the year to listen the spectacular bird song on Tiritiri Matangi Island.
Join the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi in conjunction with 360 Discovery on Saturday 30th September 2017 to celebrate Spring. Spring is the very best time to come and listen to the captivating sounds of the Dawn Chorus on the island.
This special trip departs Gulf Harbour at 5am and ferry returns from Tiritiri Matangi at 10.45am. Bring a torch, some warm clothes, and your breakfast - tea and coffee will be provided. Numbers are limited, so early bookings are recommended.
Tickets are $80pp and includes your guide for the morning. Book your ticket online or call us on 09 307 8005.
Mary-Ann Rowland, Shop and Guiding Manager, Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi describes the last trip on 9th October: It was a quiet walk up in the dark to the middle of Wattle Valley and then a group of 45 sitting patiently waiting to hear what would happen. The birds as if signaled by an unseen conductor came in on cue, the toutouwai first, then the tūī with a myriad of different sounds. A long wait until in the distance we could hear a soft swell of chimes coming down into the valley and then suddenly we were surrounded by korimako, each with their individual 3 or 4 note bell call. It was beautiful. Finally four kokako began their deep, organ notes just beside us. Perfect.
Just 30 years ago, Tiritiri Matangi Island was bare, since being cleared for farming. Now a young forest flourishes and bursts with song from resident and visiting bird species. The beautiful sounds of the dawn chorus is an eerie reminder of what New Zealand mainland would have sounded like hundreds of years ago.