Aerial view of Tiritiri Matangi Island and Whangaraparoa Peninsula
Tiritiri Matangi Island is pest-free - help keep it this way.
Before you visit, check for stowaways that may be harmful to wildlife on this island. Read more about Treasure Islands.
Tiritiri Matangi ("looking to the wind" or "wind tossing about" is one of the most successful conservation projects in the world. Unwanted predators have been eradicated, and the once-pastoral island has been replanted with native trees. Rare native birds and animals have been returned to its now-safe and restored habitats.
As an open sanctuary you can visit Tiritiri Matangi and see some of New Zealand's most endangered birds in the wild, including takahē, kōkako, saddleback/tīeke and hihi or stitchbird.
As an open sanctuary you can visit Tiritiri Matangi and see some of New Zealand's most endangered birds in the wild, including takahe, kokako, saddleback and hihi or stitchbird.
Be sure to spend time at the visitor centre before venturing out on one of the many bush or coastal walks. You’ll also want to visit the island’s historic lighthouse and pa sites.
Plan a day trip to the island as the bunkhouse on the island is used mainly for volunteers and researchers.
Remember to keep to the track in this wildlife sanctuary. No pets are allowed on the island and we ask that you ensure there are no rodent stowaways in your boat or gear.
Find out more about the pest-free warrant recommended for commercial vessels and concessionaires visiting pest-free islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
Find out about school field trips to Tiritiri Matangi Island.
Volunteers are needed to help maintain the pest-free wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Tiritiri Matangi Scientific Reserve (Open Sanctuary).
Map of Tiritiri Matangi (PDF, 291 K)
Stop the spread of didymoCheck, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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