More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

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 ( 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 (

School Visits


Every child in New Zealand should have the chance to experience our wonderful natural environment, and to see how communities can help to conserve it. The Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi would like every school in the Auckland area to come and see our inspirational conservation island. 

We can offer a comprehensive educational programme to students from year 1 to year 13 and also support at tertiary level. Our Educator, Barbara Hughes, has taught the New Zealand science curriculum for many years, and is able to offer a range of educational experiences closely tied to the curriculum. 

The Supporters and 360 Discovery offer discounted rates for school parties. The fare from either Auckland or Gulf Harbour is just $20.00 per student, and one accompanying adult for every six students travels free (schools bringing extra adults pay $27.70 per adult). The charge for the guided walk on the Island is just $2.00 per student (no charge for accompanying adults). The fee for the guided walk is payable on the Island on the day of your visit.  Please note that these special rates apply only for visits on school days during the school term.

Financial support for school visits

Because even these discounted costs can be difficult to meet, our Growing Minds programme, which offers funding for visits by lower decile schools (deciles 1-6), was launched in 2013. The Growing Minds programme covers the full fare of $20.00 per student for up to 85 students, whether leaving from Auckland or Gulf Harbour. (One accompanying adult for every six children travels free.)

Generous funding for this programme for the year beginning October 2014 has been provided by an award from the Department of Conservation's Community Conservation Partnerships Fund. 

The Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi offer the guided walk free of charge for visits funded by the Growing Minds programme.

If you would like to apply for funding under the Growing Minds programme, please read the Growing Minds School Bookings Procedure and make your application using the Growing Minds Application Form. If you would like a Word copy that can be filled in on-screen, click here.

Bookings for all school visits may be made by emailing Mary-Ann Rowland at or by phone (09 476 001009 476 0010, Wednesday to Sunday). Growing Minds' application forms can be emailed to or faxed to 09 476 001009 476 0010.

We look forward to welcoming you and your students to Tiritiri Matangi Island.

Would you like to help fund our Growing Minds programme?

We are always grateful to receive donations to help fund our Growing Minds programme. For its first year, Growing Minds was generously sponsored by Running Events, who paid for 1,000 schoolchildren's visits, while 360 Discovery funded accompanying adults/teachers. Check out the Running Events website or facebook page. In 2014 we received a generous grant from the Department of Conservation's CCP Fund to pay for 1,500 Growing Minds visits. Many of our members and visitors have also made donations to this wonderful programme.

You can see a video about the Growing Minds Programme here. If you would like to support our Growing Minds programme through a donation or sponsorship, please click here.


Evaluation form for Tiritiri Matangi education programme PDF document