Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to the home of the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi!

Lying just an hour from Aotearoa's largest city, this island sanctuary is home to an unrivalled range of wildlife living their best lives. Take a guided walk to learn about the island's wildlife and original spade brigade, or explore it at your own pace. Support our conservation and education programmes, or get involved as a volunteer.

About the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi

We have a team of nearly 2,000 people who support the island in many ways; in governance, field work, guiding, and financially supporting the island’s many projects to ensure that we can build a world-class sanctuary for wildlife and visitors. First established in 1988, the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi (SoTM) is a non-profit conservation group that works in partnership (link to Community Agreement) with the Department of Conservation to co-manage projects on the island. The Supporters played a critical role in creating the forested sanctuary that you see today (link) by working with DOC to plant over 280,000 native trees between 1984 and 1994 using a volunteer workforce. Over the past three decades, the Supporters organisation has worked on a number of translocation and capital projects.

Join the Supporters...

As well as receiving a quarterly magazine, Supporters enjoy a range of activities throughout the year, from working bees to concerts.

Education Programmes

As one of New Zealand’s oldest island sanctuaries, Tiritiri Matangi is brimming with wildlife rarely seen on the mainland, so students can gain first-hand knowledge of these threatened species and our country’s conservation history.

Growing Minds Programme

We believe that every school in Auckland should be given the opportunity to visit Tiritiri Matangi, so in 2012 the Tiri Supporters organisation started a programme called ‘Growing Minds’ which has enabled thousands of children from EQI 430+ (decile 1-6) schools to visit this sanctuary.

School Visits

A visit to Tiritiri Matangi gives children the chance to take a trip back in time when our forests were full to bursting with birds.