Tiritiri Matangi Island bunkhouse

Image: Lianne Schroder | ©


Wake up to the sound of the dawn chorus, enjoy spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf, and take a walk amongst the regenerating bush. If you want to stay overnight on this island sanctuary, you'll need to book a spot here in the bunkhouse.


Accommodation overview


  • Boat


  • Shared


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Kitchen - fully equipped
  • Lighting
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilet - flush


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

About this lodge

Tiritiri Matangi Island is a sanctuary offering a pest-free environment for rare and endangered wildlife. 

The bunkhouse is the only accommodation on Tiritiri Matangi.

It is a communal facility and has limited availability as it is primarily used by volunteers and students carrying out work on the island.


  • Gas stove and oven
  • Microwave oven
  • BBQ
  • Two fridges and a freezer
  • All cutlery, crockery, utensils etc
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishwashing liquid, dish cloths and dish brushes
  • Tea towels
  • Drinking water (rain water from the tap)
  • Two hot showers
  • Two toilets (toilet paper provided)
  • 3 rooms for public use, with 15 bunk beds in total:
    • Room 1 Kahu: 4 beds
    • Room 2 Kokako: 5 beds
    • Room 3 Tuatara: 6 beds

Getting there

The bunkhouse is located at the top of the hill near the lighthouse and Visitor Centre.

There is no public transport on the island but, if you are staying overnight, your gear will be taken to the bunkhouse. When you get off the ferry, leave your gear in the trolley on the wharf and the island ranger will take it to the bunkhouse.

From the wharf, take either Wharf Road or Wattle Track to the bunkhouse (40 min).

Check ferry information for getting to Tiritiri Matangi Island before you book.


Shared occupancy:

Adult: $30 per person
Child (0-17 years inclusive): $20 per person

Note, there is an extra room not available to the public to book. It is used for management and research purposes. When making a booking for the entire bunkhouse, you may still be sharing with others.


2020/2021 bookings

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Bookings are required all year.

Book Tiritiri Matangi Island bunkhouse online.

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Your hut booking is for any bunk bed, not for a specific bunk bed – select your bunk bed on arrival.

Know before you go

  • There is no linen - bring your own sleeping bag, sheet and pillowcase.
  • There is no washer or drier. Hand washing only - bring your own washing powder.
  • Expect to share living areas and bunk rooms.
  • There is no public telephone - only emergency calls can be made. Cell phone coverage is good on the grass outside the bunkhouse.

Biosecurity requirements

All visitors staying on the island must complete and bring the biosecurity checklist.

Do not book your arrival or departure on a Monday or Tuesday

The ferry doesn't run on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the island rangers are not available to give you the required bunkhouse briefing or check-out on these days.

Check ferry availability

Both the bunkhouse and ferry can get booked out in advance. Check both are available before finalising bookings.

Be prepared for ferry cancellations

Ferry sailings are subject to weather conditions. Call +64 9 916 2241 after 7am on the morning of your departure to check if your ferry is sailing.

Bring an extra day's food in case you have to stay longer. You will not be charged for additional unplanned time spent in the bunkhouse waiting for the weather to settle. However, if you wish to leave by means other than the ferry, DOC is not liable for the cost.

On your departure day, if the weather is deteriorating, the ferry operator may cancel the day trip but do a single morning run for overnight visitors.


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 379 6476
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Shop2, Shed 19, Princes Wharf
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Postal Address:   PO Box 105 469
Auckland City 1143
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