Looking towards the historic lighthouse on Tiritiri Matangi

Image: DOC


Tiritiri Matangi is rich in Māori and European history with one of the most successful community-lead conservation projects in the world.


Unwanted predators have been eradicated and rare native birds such as the kōkako and the takahē (once thought to be extinct) survive and thrive in restored habitats within regenerating native forest.

The island is the perfect day trip destination for nature lovers and families.


Place overview


  • Visitor centre


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping
  • No dogs allowed

    To protect our native widlife, dogs are not allowed anywhere in this place.

  • Check you are pest-free

    Check, clean, and seal your gear to ensure you don't bring pests, soil, and seeds.

    See island biosecurity requirements.

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Find things to do and places to stay Tiritiri Matangi Island

About this place

Nature and conservation

Tiritiri Matangi means "looking to the wind" or "wind tossing about". The island is officially called Tiritiri Matangi Scientific Reserve, and 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 as well as tuatara have been returned to its now-safe and restored habitats.

You can visit this open sanctuary, and see some of New Zealand's most endangered birds in the wild including takahē, kōkako, saddleback/tīeke and hihi/stitchbird.

This world renowned island sanctuary attracts more than 20,000 visitors annually.

The island is managed by DOC in partnership with Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi – a voluntary community group and major contributor to the success of Tiritiri Matangi as an open sanctuary.

Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi 

History and culture

Learn about the history of Tiritiri Matangi.

Getting there

Tiritiri Matangi is 4 km off the coast of Whangaparāoa Peninsula, north of Auckland. 

Public ferry and charter

The public passenger ferry service runs most days, and can get booked up well in advance during November to April.

If you are chartering a commercial vessel to the island, check the operator has a Pest-Free Warrant. Commercial vessels that use the wharf will also need a wharf landing permit.

Private boat or kayak

Private boats and kayaks can also visit the island. The best landing is at Hobbs Beach on the western side of the island, where there is good swimming and snorkelling.

Know before you go

  • There is no phone available for use on the island apart from in an emergency.
  • Mobile coverage is good on the grass outside the bunkhouse.
  • There is no food for sale on the island.
  • There is a visitor centre and shop at the top of the hill near the lighthouse. Gifts and cold drinks only are available from the shop – generally open 11 am to 3 pm on days the ferry visits.
  • Toilets at Tiritiri Matangi Wharf, Hobbs Beach and the lighthouse area.
  • Rangers live on the island and can offer further information and emergency support.
  • Smoking is restricted to the concrete area at the wharf and outside the visitor centre.
  • Keep to the tracks so you don't disturb rare plants and birds, or scientific studies.

Conditions of visiting Tiritiri Matangi Island

If staying at the Tiritiri Matangi island bunkhouse, you must also bring the completed biosecurity checklist.

Dogs and fires (including barbeques) are also prohibited to the low tide mark.

No bicycles. Take your rubbish with you – there are no rubbish bins.

Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park bylaws apply. Activities such as weddings and other events may require a permit.


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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