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.
Adult: $40 per person
Child (0–17 years inclusive): $30 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.
Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
Bookings for 1 July 2022 – 30 June 2023 will open 9.30 am, Wednesday 1 June 2022.
Bookings are required all year.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
Your hut booking is for any bunk bed, not for a specific bunk bed – select your bunk bed on arrival.
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 Tiritiri Matangi Island before you book.
The rest of the year the public passenger ferry runs Wednesday to Sunday. The ferry does not run on Mondays and Tuesdays.
On non-ferry days the ranger may not be available to give you the bunkhouse briefing or assist with transport of bags, do not book to arrive or depart on these days.
If you are staying in the bunkhouse and planning to arrive on your own boat or by water taxi please contact the island rangers (email@example.com) at least two days prior to your intended travel with your expected arrival time.
All visitors staying on the island must complete and bring the biosecurity checklist.
Both the bunkhouse and ferry can get booked out in advance. Check both are available before finalising bookings.
Ferry sailings are subject to weather conditions. Call +64 9 916 2241 after 7 am 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.
Tiritiri Matangi is rich in Māori and European history with one of the most successful community-lead conservation projects in the world.
Get involved on Tiritiri Matangi.
Learn about the historic heritage of Tiritiri Matangi Scientific Reserve, which features a number of Maori and early European sites including the Tiritiri lighthouse complex.