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How to Get There
Singing in the rain - Don't let the weather put you off
Tiritiri Matangi, like Waiheke Island and the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsular, is a weather microcosm all on its own. Often there can be heavy showers in downtown Auckland and on Tiritiri we just watch them scoot by without touching us.
This is great for the visitors but sometimes not so great for the birds and the dams in the summertime. What this means for you, is that if the weather forecast is predicting showers, particularly from the west or southwest, then the likelihood of them reaching Tiritiri is minimal, and even if they do reach us there is always a magnificent pohutukawa to shelter under or the large luscious leaves of a puriri or kohekohe tree. Do bring your raincoat, just in case.
Of course, when there are major weather systems passing through, we do get rain. But the good news is that the bush, the birds and other wildlife benefit from the moisture and are still there for you to enjoy. The birds can be particularly active immediately after a shower. So, on those wet days, bring your rain gear and enjoy your walk on the Island.
When you have finished investigating the forest and its inhabitants, the Visitor Centre up by the lighthouse has free hot tea and coffee (thank you Dilmah, Nestle, Chelsea and the Tiritiri Supporters) and a great shop to browse in. All profits come back to supporting Tiritiri and our conservation and education programmes on the Island.
See you soon – and don’t let the weather man/lady put you off!!!
360 Discovery provides a ferry service from downtown Auckland via Gulf Harbour (at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula). Ferry bookings are made by phoning 360 Discovery (09 307 8005), or can be made on line at the 360 Discovery website www.360discovery.co.nz.
December to mid January: every day.
Mid January to December: Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays.
- from Auckland 9:00am
- from Gulf Harbour 9:50am
- returning from Tiritiri Matangi at 3:30pm
- arrives Gulf Harbour 3:50pm
- arrives Auckland 4:40pm
The cheapest way is to come via Gulf Harbour. Gulf Harbour is about one hour's drive north of Auckland at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. There is free parking available at the marina from where the ferry leaves the end pier (Pier Z).
Photography by Kathryn Jones ©