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“Island santuary”

Tiritiri Matangi Island
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US$57.13*
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Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Auckland with Optional Guided Walk
Ranked #1 of 270 things to do in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Island santuary”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

A short ferry ride across the Auckland harbour will bring you to this predator free bird sanctuary. Helpful guides, informative commentary. Bring a picnic lunch to have on the island, but take all rubbish off the island with you, there are no bins. The reforestation has resulted in some great walks , some more challenging than others, but there are walks to suit all ages and abilities.

Visited December 2013
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Away with the Birds”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

This is a place for the birds, and were are the visitors. The moment the ferry stops at the landing there you are engulfed by birdsong. We have spent the day there 3 or 4 times and it's delightful. The tip for seeing more birds is to stray from the others in your group and sit awhile beside a watering station and watch as eventually more and more birds arrive to take a bath.

Visited March 2014
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7 Thank Brian A
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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“Great day”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

Everything about the trip is marvellous - a must do in Auckland. Do the walk - go clockwise and end at the lighthouse.

Visited July 2014
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4 Thank Michael F
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Manapouri, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Real New Zealand”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

If you want a glimpse of what New Zealand bird life SHOULD be like, this is the place to go. If you want to be inspired by walking in a forest that was planted by volunteers, this is the place to go.
There's also a really nice gift shop!
I have never seen so many free-flying native birds in one place. We even saw two of New Zealand's rarest birds, the laid-back takahe and the amazing kokako. The guided walk cost just $5 and was totally worth it. Guides are volunteers. The tracks are excellent and there are seats and a big information centre with tea and coffee and a gift shop. My only complaint would be the cost of the ferry, which is clearly excessive as other much longer trips run by the vessel are cheaper than this twenty minute run from Gulf Harbour. While you are in the area visit Shakespear Regional Park, it is free, and predator free with impressive automatic gates in the predator proof fence.

Visited July 2014
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Auckland
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Island adventure”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Visited the island when it first opened its doors to the public,
Lived the complete touch with nature, saddle back birds and other wildlife.
Definitely on our list to return

Visited July 2014
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