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Tiritiri Matangi Island

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Reviewed yesterday

the best way to know about everything that you can see in nz, this is one of the things that you must to do

Thank Meu R
Reviewed 2 days ago

Tiri Matangi is a special place, made so by the sustained vision of the scientific community to save this island and create a wildlife sanctuary, and the support and hard work of the volunteer Friends of Tiritiri Matangi. A 75 minute ferry journey from Auckland...More

Thank Dershapo
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Took the Ferry from Auckland CBD out to the Island. The ride is relaxing and beautiful with good comment from the friendly crew. The island is a magical step back in time. The birdsong once you arrive will take your breath away as will the...More

Thank Katsolo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went across in our friend's sailing boat and we had dolphins follow us for most of the way, it was incredible! They hung around the harbour and we went swimming with them. The island itself is beautiful and has lots of walks. We came...More

1  Thank tash247
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

9am ferry departure from Auckland and back by 5pm so a full day activity. Ferry cost $75 with a further $10 if you want a guided walk. Volunteers travel from Auckland on ferry and there is the option of a short or long walk once...More

1  Thank cannytraveller2008
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This island is a gem—such a beautiful place to hike and view native New Zealand birds and trees. The guided walk is nice because you will see birds you otherwise would have missed, but the pace is a little slow so be patient! If you...More

1  Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with a friend on New Year's Day. We didn't see too many birds, but someone told me it's bc most of the birds are active during the day and become quieter as the ferry rolls in with all of the tourists. Visit in the...More

1  Thank J Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another great place to take tourists/friends etc as it's beautiful when the weather is good. Please remember to wear suitable hiking gear, bring water & bug/sunblock spray and a camera. Good time to visit is in the spring when the penguins are hatching.

Thank LisaEIzzy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Growing up, we had a small holiday home on the Whangaparoa Peninsula, and often stopped in at Tiri to swim or clean fish on the way out or back from trips with my dad and brother in our little ‘tinny’ boat. Tiri then seemed rather...More

Thank Ed S
Tiritir, Manager at Tiritiri Matangi Island, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback Ed, and so great that you have seen the 'before and after'. Not many have had that privilege. The guide was correct, Fullers/360 Discovery don't give us any money however what they give us in 'kind' is fantastic....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We opted for the guided walk and were treated to in-depth knowledge about trees/plants and birds. Our walk ended up being 3 hours instead of the usual 2 hours, probably due to questions we asked. Definitely recommend taking a rain jacket and comfortable walking shoes...More

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24 July 2018|
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Response from Tiritir | Property representative |
Yes, there are water taxis but they are expensive, around $400+. The ferry comes Wednesday to Sunday and every day for the 3 weeks over the Christmas period. Private boats can also come out to Tiritiri we just ask them to... More
17 July 2018|
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Response from Ann M | Reviewed this property |
Your back pack will be fine
26 April 2018|
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Response from 119rubys | Reviewed this property |
Make sure you take anti nausea pills at least half an hour before you get on the ferry as sometimes the journey is very rough.