Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

New hihi film

Date posted: 30-Jul-2016

A wonderful new film describing the hihi story on Tiritiri Matangi has now been added to the hih..

New Wildside video

Date posted: 29-Jul-2016

Click here (https://blog.doc.govt.nz/2016/06/21/tiritiri-matangi-volunteers/) to view a wo..

2016 Photo competetion winners

Date posted: 04-Jun-2016

This year's winning photographs have been decided. Click here (/photocomp2016) to see the wonder..

Great new ferry fares for Supporters

Date posted: 04-Jun-2016

Thanks to our ferry company, 360 Discovery (https://www.fullers.co.nz/destinations/tiritiri-mata..

More plaudits for Tiritiri Matangi

Date posted: 04-Jun-2016

Recognition of the wonderful experience visitors have when visiting the Island has been recognis..

Reports for 2015-2016

Date posted: 04-Jun-2016

Reports for the 2015-16 breeding season for kokako and hihi have been added to the website. ..

Guided walks for Photographers

Date posted: 07-Apr-2016

If your interest is in wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Islan..

Nukes Aloud on Tiritiri Matangi

Date posted: 07-Feb-2016

Our 2016 musical event will take place on the 5th March. This year we are hosting the Nukes, a d..

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.

Ferry timetable:

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 ©