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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Gulf Harbour Service Update for 26.05.2017

Please be advised that for Friday 26th May 2017, bus replacements will be operating the following services due to the worsening weather conditions:

1645 AKL - GH - Bus 

1715 AKL - GH - Takahe 

1745 GH - AKL - Bus 

1745 AKL - GH - Bus 

1845 AKL - GH - Bus 

Buses will depart Auckland from 'The Cloud on Pier 1' and depart Gulf Harbour from the 'Pier Z Car park - Gulf Harbour Mariner'

We will provide a further update if we have any changes for the 1715 AKL-GH service.

Kind regards,

360 Discovery 


Travel Alert: Half Moon Bay Low Tides

Please be advised that the following services will be operated by bus due to low tides:

 

Friday 26 May 2017

1.30pm Auckland – Half Moon Bay
2.15pm Half Moon Bay – Auckland

Sunday 28 May 2017

3.00pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
3.45pm Half Moon Bay to Auckland

Monday 29 May 2017

2.30pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
3.15pm Half Moon Bay to Auckland
3.30pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
4.15pm Half Moon Bay to Auckland
4.15pm Auckland to Half Moon Bay
4.50pm Half Moon Bay - Auckland

We apologise for any inconvenience.


Waiheke Bus Company - Departure Time Changes

Following customer feedback on the new winter bus timetable we’ll now be introducing some further changes to improve connections with afternoon ferries.

From Monday 29 May 2017 the following journeys will change:

1650 Route 1A  from Matiatia will now depart at 4.45pm

1650 Route 2 from Matiatia will now depart at 4.45pm

1650 Route 4 from Matiatia will now depart at 4.45pm

1750 Route 1A  from Matiatia will now depart at 5.45pm

1850 Route 1A from Matiatia will now depart at 6.45pm

  

For more information please contact the Auckland Transport Travel Information Line on 09 366 6400 or visit AT.govt.nz