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Tiritiri Matangi

36°36'0" S 174°53'23" N

Tiritiri Matangi Island is a wildlife sanctuary and one of New Zealand’s most important and exciting conservation projects. It is located in the Hauraki Gulf, 30km north east of central Auckland and just 4km from the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. The 2.2 km2 (1 sq mi) island is an open nature reserve managed by the Department of Conservation in conjunction with the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Incorporated, and is noted for its birdlife, including kiwi and takahē. The island whose name means “tossed by the wind” in Maori, attracts about 30,000 visitors a year.

A hundred and twenty years of farming had seen this 220-hectare island stripped of 94% of its native bush but between 1984 and 1994, volunteers planted between 250,000 and 300,000 trees. The Island is now 60% forested with the remaining 40% left as grassland for species preferring open habitat.

In conjunction with this planting programme, all mammalian predators were eradicated and a number of threatened and endangered bird and reptile species have been successfully introduced, including the flightless takahe, one of the world’s rarest species, and the tuatara. There are few places in New Zealand where one can readily see and walk amongst so many rare species.

Access is by a regular ferry service (limits do apply) and private craft.


Cruise ships can tender ashore.

Contact your shipping agent for more information.

Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development
Contact: Jason Hill, Manager Tourism

Contact: Craig Harris, Managing Director

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