Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland

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  • 8 hours
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Get one of the limited tickets for a day at Tiritiri Matangi bird sanctuary, home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and endangered bird species. You’ll take a ferry across the Hauraki Gulf to the island, have an optional guided walk with a knowledgeable local guide, and enjoy free time to explore the walking trails, beach, Visitor Center and Hauraki Gulf’s oldest lighthouse.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Waitemata Harbour, Auckland New Zealand

Meet your ferry at downtown Auckland’s ferry terminal and relax on the beautiful 75-minute ride across the Hauraki Gulf to Tiritiri Matangi island.

Stop At: Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand

When you arrive at the island, you’ll receive an orientation from the ranger. You can then opt to take a 1.5 hour guided walk where you'll learn from your guide about the island's bird life, history and environmental restoration. The guided walk is recommended for an in-depth introduction to the island's birds, other wildlife, and history, or you can choose to spend the whole day exploring the island on your own.

The predator-free island is home to many endangered native birds, including the colorful and rare takahe. Other birds that can be found here include the stitchbird, saddleback, bellbird, brown teal, whitehead, kakariki, kokako, New Zealand robin, fernbird and penguins. Once deforested, the island has been recovering since 1984, when hundreds of volunteers started planting 300,000 native trees. Since then, 12 endangered native bird species and 3 reptile species, including the rare tuatara (a prehistoric lizard), have been re-established in the sanctuary. Your guide will give you tips about the best spots to see specific animals and how to identify the birdcalls that you will hear.

Stop At: Hauraki Gulf, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand

Your guide will finish the tour at the visitor center where you can browse through informative exhibits. Free tea and coffee is provided at the center and there are plenty of tables where you can eat your lunch (not sold on the island, please bring your own).

Afterward, you can relax around the Visitor Center and check out the lighthouse, built circa 1864 and once the brightest lighthouse in the southern hemisphere. Or explore the walking trails that wind throughout the island, with varying choices for different fitness levels. In warmer months, head to Hobbs beach for a swim. You’ll have about five hours total on the island, with plenty of time to explore and see some of New Zealand's rarest animal life. Numbers of visitors are limited in order to protect the wildlife in the open sanctuary. Don't miss this chance to visit magical Tiritiri!

Stop At: Fullers 360 Discovery Cruises, 139 Quay Street Fullers360 Information Centre and Ticket Office, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

Afterward, you can relax around the Visitor Center and check out the lighthouse

  • Guided walk (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Tiritiri Matangi Island

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please bring suitable walking shoes, a light rain jacket, sunscreen, hat, towel and swimwear
  • There are no shops on the island. Please bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Departure Point

Downtown Ferry Terminal, Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


8 hours

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

Peter B

12 Feb, 2020

Something every NZer should do. We saw birds that we would never see normally including Takahe or notornis by its scientific name.


10 Feb, 2020

Beautiful hiking trails through the bush where you get to see and hear all the birds. If you take a guided tour, which I suggest, all the guides are volunteers who love the island. Claire was amazing! The lighthouse and views are beautiful. This is a scientific conservation island and they are doing a great job! Definitely a must see! 75 minute ferry ride there was beautiful as well!!!

Lesley W

15 Jan, 2020

A wonderful day amongst nature. Very knowledgeable volunteer guides who made the experience very uniques. So many birds, amazing.

Chris B

26 Nov, 2019

Second visit and loved it as much as the first. Didn’t go on the free guided tours but I suspect they’re fantastic. The guides were a fountain of knowledge and being keen on birds and nature in general, one kind guide (Sahrah) showed us some wonderful things in her spare time which were greatly appreciated. Lovely walks and the weather was perfect.

Dan L

25 Nov, 2019

The island trails are fantastic. They are very well kept and allow you multiple chances to view great flora and bird specimens. The volunteer who was our guide was very friendly, passionate and knowledgeable. We must have seen about 13-15 different species of birds.

User's Picture Gallery






small touring group


Arriving off ferry


Ferry docking at jetty


Male stitchbird - taken with a compact camera!


Island coastline


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Sooty Oystercatcer

During are hike along the shore we came across a Sooty Oystercatcher and her two chicks.


Hiking at the Beach at Tiritiri Matangi Island

We hiked along the beach area taking in the beautiful view.



Came so close to the robin, very exciting


The ferry

Megan aged 10 ready to board


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