2021 Photo Competition

Date posted: 21-Jan-2021

2021 Photo Competition Now Open It is that time of year again when we are look..

Primary School Science Conservation 2020 Award

Date posted: 18-Dec-2020

Dylan Lewis Y7 from Mahurangi College, Warkworth, being presented with the ..

Supporters of Tiritiri Inc and Fullers 360 Science Conservation 2020 Award

Date posted: 18-Dec-2020

The NIWA Auckland City Science and Technology Fair winner of the Supporters of Tiritiri ..

2020 Conservation Week

Date posted: 12-Aug-2020

Meet the Takahē on Tiritiri Matangi Island When: 1:30 pm, ..

AGM 2020

Date posted: 25-Jul-2020

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2020 due to Covid restrictions at t..

Ferry Resuming July 4th!

Date posted: 01-Jun-2020

Great News!!! We have confirmation Fuller360 ferry service to Tiritiri Matangi wi..

The 2020 Photo Competition Winners

Date posted: 22-May-2020

Here are the winning and commended photos from this year's competition. Congratulations to the photo..

Celebrate the Takahe Art Competition

Date posted: 08-Apr-2020

Hi Tiri Kids, It’s Takahē Awareness Month! Everyone loves our takah..

COVID-19 Important Information

Date posted: 25-Mar-2020

The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. Th..

2019 Winner Primary School Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Ethan Raymond

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Ethan has helped the Enviro-Warriors in many ways such as planning, gard..

Shorebirds and Seabirds

A number of shorebirds and seabirds also drop in or make Tiritiri Matangi their home.  In November 2010 a pair of oystercatchers built a nest in the middle of Hobbs Beach.  A barrier was erected around the nest to protect the 2 chicks it housed.

Two reef herons were also seen building a nest of a small island off North East Bay.

Click on the common name of any of the birds below to see more detail about the bird.

Photography by Kathryn Jones ©

Common Name

Māori Name

Scientific Name

 Dotterel, New Zealand


Charadrius obscurus

  Gannet, Australasian 


Morus serrator

Godwit, Eastern Bar-Tailed


Limosa lapponica

 Gull, Red Billed 


Larus novaehollandiae

Gull, Southern Black Backed


Larus dominicanus

Reef Heron 


Egretta sacra

White Faced Heron


Ardea novaehollandiae

Oystercatcher, Variable


Haematopus unicolor

Paradise Shelduck


Tadorna variegata

 Penguin, Little Blue


Eudyptula minor

Petrel, Black


Procellaria parkinsoni

Petrel, Common Diving


Pelecanoides urinatrix

Petrel, Giant


Macronectes halli

Petrel, Grey-Faced


Pterodroma macroptera

Petrel, White-faced Storm


Pelagodroma marina

Shag, Black


Phalacrocorax carbo

Shag, Little


Phalacrocorax melanoleucos

Shag, Pied


Phalacrocorax varius

Shag, Spotted


Stictocarbo punctatus

Shearwater, Buller's


Puffinus bulleri

Shearwater, Flesh-footed


Puffinus carneipes

Shearwater, Fluttering


Puffinus gavia

Shore plover


Thinornis novaeseelandiae

 Skua, Arctic


Stercorarius parasiticus

Spur-winged Plover


Vanellus miles

Tern, Caspian


Sterna caspia

Tern, White Fronted


Sterna striata