Songs from a Lost World Tiritiri Matangi Dawn Chorus

on Tiritiri Matangi Island


The 2016 Dawn Chorus trips were fantastic and we're looking forward to the sounds of Spring 2017 already. 

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 4.30am 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. To book your ticket call us on 09 307 8005 or visit our ticket office. 

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.  

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Orapiu Wharf – temporary closure

Over the past 4 months Orapiu Wharf has been partially closed due to the steps and boarding platforms requiring repair. We’ve continued operating our service by utilising the front face of the wharf, but this has come with many challenges.
Due to safety concerns for both our crew and passengers, we’ve made the decision to suspend services to the wharf until repairs are made.
Auckland Transport will undertake repairs and have advised they’ll endeavour to have these completed in order for the wharf to be operational prior to Easter.

We understand that Orapiu is a vital link for residents on Waiheke Island for travel to and from Coromandel, and apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you. During the time of this temporary closure, passengers will need to depart from downtown Auckland. 

 

If you have travel booked departing from Orapiu please contact 360 Discovery on 09 307 8005.


Gulf Harbour Service Update

Yesterday Discovery 3 finished refueling at 5.30pm and had an issue with a starter motor.

We immediately arranged a bus to replace the 5.45pm service, however because of the short time frame this meant we were only able to get a bus at approximately 6.00pm.

Shortly after this a temporary repair was made to Discovery 3 and we made the decision to relocate the vessel to Gulf Harbour to minimise crew working hours. Overnight we replaced the starter motor and she was back in service this morning.

We apologise for the inconvenience this disruption may have caused you.

Kind regards,

360 Discovery Team


Rangitoto Service Cancellations: Sat 25 March

Please be advised that the 7.30am, 9.15am and 10.30am ex Auckland services and the 9.25am ex Devonport service to Rangitoto Island  on Saturday 25 March have been cancelled due to The Dual multi-sport event.
The first service to Rangitoto Island will be 12.15pm ex Auckland and 12.25pm ex Devonport.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


CUSTOMER ANNOUNCEMENT – Adele Concert Delays

Pleased be advised that the 11.45pm sailings from Auckland to Waiheke on Thursday 23rd March and Saturday 25th March will be delayed, departing at 12am (midnight), for passengers attending the Adele concerts.

Our normal timetable will operate on Sunday 26th March.

Thanks,

The Fullers team


Devonport travel alert – Extra Sailings for Adele Concert

Pleased be advised that we’ve added two additional late sailings on Thursday 23rd March and Sunday 26th March for passengers attending the Adele concerts.

Additional Devonport Sailings - 23rd March and 26th March

12:00am (midnight) Auckland to Devonport

12:30am Auckland to Devonport

Our normal timetable will operate for Friday and Saturday night, where our usual late night sailings at 12am (midnight) and 1.00am will run.

Thanks,

The Fullers Team