Last Saturday a group of Blind Foundation clients, support people and staff went on a long awaited trip to TiriTiri Maitangi Island.

Rich in history and beautiful wildlife, the group explored the island on a guided walking tour for the senses. Everyone got to touch and smell the native plants and hear the amazing birdsong, while learning about the different birds on the island. Some of the birds they came across included, North Island saddleback, tui, kereru, hihi (stitchbird), bellbirds, kokako and North Island robin.

Group photo of participants walking around Tiritiri Maitangi Island

As well as the wonderful wildlife, the group explored a 150-year-old lighthouse (the oldest functioning in NZ), the visitor centre and beaches.

“Everyone had such a fantastic time that it was a hard walk back to the ferry. Fortunately it was full of birdlife again including a cheeky North Island robin that hopped along the path with us for a while.

“We are very pleased with the turnout. There were some challenging parts with lots of stairs and narrow boardwalks but our fantastic support people did a great job of helping navigate through them” says Deb Nash, North Island Regional Leader.

A big thank you to the support people and the wonderful volunteer guides from TiriTiri Island. The guides did a fantastic job with their descriptions of the birds and plants.

For Blind Foundation clients interested in going 360 Discovery offer, a 50% discount off the fare on presentation of your RNZFB membership card and support people are free. Please note only one support person per client is permitted for free.