Tiritiri Matangi Island
Tiritiri Matangi Island
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  • NormLabbe
    Hua Hin, Thailand92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience - glad we took the time to visit!
    So glad we took the time to take a ferry to visit this island! Loved the set up, wonderful guide and walk where we enjoyed learning about conservation efforts and being up close to the bird life! Highly recommend taking the time to visit Tiritiri!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 18 March 2023
  • David B
    Brussels, Belgium12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Island - wonderful guide
    The guided walk on the Island was the best $10 we have spent on our holiday. The guides to this superb nature reserve are all volunteers and have a deep passion for the island together with extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna. Special thanks to Sahrah our guide who took time to show us so many interesting features. Her enthusiasm and energy were infectious. Would highly recommend this tour (be sure to book the guided walk at the time of booking the boat tickets .. it’s on the same web site but slightly tricky to find!).
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Diane P
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Island, Ferry Unsafe
    We are giving this 4 stars, rather than the 5 it deserves because the ferry it has commissioned to bring visitors to the island is practicing an unsafe condition. We purchased tickets through @Fullers360 to see Tiritiri Matangi Island and we were taken to the island via the Explore Group ferry. The ferry is engaging in an unsafe practice. When we boarded the ferry in Auckland and exited the ferry on Tiritiri, the plank was horizontal so we could simply walk on and off the ferry at the ground level. When we left Tiritiri, the ferry's crew mounted the plank nearly fully vertically to the middle level-- not quite sure why. This involved placing one end of the plank on precarious wooden blocks and then attaching the other end to the middle level via flimsy chains. Then, one after another of us travelers had to pull ourselves up on this vertical plank, with the use of the handrails, to the middle level, from young children to senior citizens, and others who were not in the best physical condition. At any moment, those chains could have snapped, or the blocks could have moved. And, for some, climbing up was strenuous. I said to the captain, who was overseeing the installation of the plank, that "I didn't sign up for this, " and he said, "You'll be fine." Incredible! Someone needs to address this unsafe situation. The island itself is wonderful. And our tour guide Gill was extremely knowledgeable about the rare birds and the flora on the island. We would recommend spending the extra $10 NZ per person for the guided tour with the volunteers who work to conserve the island. Our guide knew exactly where various birds were residing, and we saw many.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Mariasol3
    Apia, Samoa1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do in New Zealand.
    Definitely enjoyed time immersing with nature and seeing some of New Zealand endangered wildlife safely preserved here. Quite surprised how trusting the wildlife are with people passing by close proximity. Our guide Peter was amazing! Make sure to book your trip online and follow the guidelines given online, at departure, and on island. Return fare $95 Adult. If you want a guided tour it will be an extra $10nzd. Do bring your own snacks, water, rain coat, and sunscreen. No rubbish bins so expect to take your rubbish with you when embarking return trip.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
  • PippaJ60
    Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous trip. Don't miss it!
    From beginning to end this was one of the best trips I have ever done. Wonderful guides Stacey and Pam shared their knowledge of plants and birds along with the fascinating history of Tiritiri Matangi. I took a UK friend and it was my third trip. It surprised me that it still exceded all my expectations and I learnt and saw so many new things! While my friend has more to see in NZ, I am confident it will be amongst her highlights. Highly recommend it especially with a volunteer guide.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 February 2024
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place - a definite must see
    We had a wonderful time visiting this special place. You access it by ferry from Auckland (one ferry per day) and spend the entire day on the island. You have the option to select a guided walk (I highly recommend doing this) that is really amazing. The island itself is beautiful and there are many, many native birds to see. There is also a small beach where you can go swimming if you happen to be there on a warm day. This was one of the very best things we did during our stay in Auckland.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 February 2024
  • flightattendant1998
    Omaha, Nebraska6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great one day trip
    It was a great one day trip. We paid $10NZD for a guide and it was totally worth it! We saw 20 different types of birds and the island was beautiful. There’s also a beach so bring swimwear
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 February 2024
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Katharine M
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This trip was recommended by an Auckland resident and it was fantastic. I bought the tickets ahead of time on the Tripadvisor website. The Explore boat leaves from the wharf opposite the Auckland Maritime Museum. It leaves at 9am every day and returns at 4pm. You need to make sure no beasties get into your food or rucksacks and you need to wipe and sanitise the soles of your shoes before boarding. The boat can leave earlier than advertised so be in good time, say by 8.40 am. You swap your voucher for a boarding pass before sailing. Tea, coffee, sandwiches, crisps, drinks are available on board. The trip takes about an hour and ten minutes to get to the island. We purchased a very reasonably priced guided tour for £5 each prior to sailing. The volunteers described the different walks you could take, longer and harder or short, easy and more birds. We chose the easy, birdy walk and were in a group of only 4 people looked after by the excellent and knowledgeable guide Pene. Feeding stations are positioned so that you get great views of the birds who are not shy. Bell birds were most melodic. We also saw the biggest insect in the world. This looks like a giant brown cricket. Thankfully it cannot fly and stayed in the tree. At the visitor centre you can eat your packed lunch, have complementary tea and coffee and buy a souvenir in the gift shop. You can arrange to stay at the bunk house overnight if you want to try to see penguins or kiwis or other nocturnal animals. When considering the longer walk you need to bear in mind that it can be very hot and that you need a good supply of water. There are toilets at several sites but they don't have drinking water.
Written 29 February 2024
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flightattendant1998
Omaha, NE6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
It was a great one day trip. We paid $10NZD for a guide and it was totally worth it! We saw 20 different types of birds and the island was beautiful. There’s also a beach so bring swimwear
Written 20 February 2024
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Holly M
Chapel Hill, NC5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was an amazing and inspiring experience to witness the power of commitment to restore an isolated island to its original native state and populate it with native species endangered of extinction. Even better to learn that native bird species found their way on their own to this pristine spot, free of predators. If you build it, they will come!

The whole trip from ferry ride to the island, a tour by a knowledgeable guide, plus time on our own was truly awe-inspiring and very educational. If you want to witness first-hand what can be accomplished by dedicated and knowledgeable stewards and volunteers to aid in protecting endangered species, then this is the tour for you.
Written 20 February 2024
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had a wonderful time visiting this special place. You access it by ferry from Auckland (one ferry per day) and spend the entire day on the island. You have the option to select a guided walk (I highly recommend doing this) that is really amazing. The island itself is beautiful and there are many, many native birds to see. There is also a small beach where you can go swimming if you happen to be there on a warm day. This was one of the very best things we did during our stay in Auckland.
Written 16 February 2024
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PippaJ60
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
From beginning to end this was one of the best trips I have ever done. Wonderful guides Stacey and Pam shared their knowledge of plants and birds along with the fascinating history of Tiritiri Matangi. I took a UK friend and it was my third trip. It surprised me that it still exceded all my expectations and I learnt and saw so many new things! While my friend has more to see in NZ, I am confident it will be amongst her highlights. Highly recommend it especially with a volunteer guide.
Written 16 February 2024
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Mariasol3
Apia, Samoa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Definitely enjoyed time immersing with nature and seeing some of New Zealand endangered wildlife safely preserved here. Quite surprised how trusting the wildlife are with people passing by close proximity. Our guide Peter was amazing! Make sure to book your trip online and follow the guidelines given online, at departure, and on island. Return fare $95 Adult. If you want a guided tour it will be an extra $10nzd. Do bring your own snacks, water, rain coat, and sunscreen. No rubbish bins so expect to take your rubbish with you when embarking return trip.
Written 8 February 2024
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BRose
Quito, Ecuador7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fabulous bird and nature preserve off the coast of Auckland with miles of trails and real efforts to restore this land to its natural potential. Thoughtfully restored.
Written 2 February 2024
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David B
Brussels, Belgium12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The guided walk on the Island was the best $10 we have spent on our holiday. The guides to this superb nature reserve are all volunteers and have a deep passion for the island together with extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna. Special thanks to Sahrah our guide who took time to show us so many interesting features. Her enthusiasm and energy were infectious. Would highly recommend this tour (be sure to book the guided walk at the time of booking the boat tickets .. it’s on the same web site but slightly tricky to find!).
Written 21 January 2024
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Expedition5743
Denver, CO3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The guided bird walk on the island was the highlight of my trip to Auckland. Jackie was a very knowledgeable guide and got to see all kinds of of birds including the takahe.
Written 3 January 2024
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Monica R
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
What an experience!. The volunteers are amazing. We watched lots of birds. The walk through the island is very interesting
Written 18 December 2023
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