TiriTiri Matangi Island
Tiritiri Matangi Island is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary for New Zealand’s native and coastal birds situated in the Hauraki Gulf only a 75 minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland (via Gulf Harbour). The island is a protected haven for native and endangered species, and is a nature lover’s paradise, particularly for avid birdwatchers. From the moment you step onto the island to the moment you leave, you’ll be serenaded by bird songs while exploring walking tracks through native bush and coastal forests.
As well as wonderful wildlife, Tiritiri Matangi has a 150 year old lighthouse, a Visitor Centre, some great walks, views and beaches. Guided walk departs at 10:15am from the wharf. Two track options available – Wattle track (2km) 1-1.5 hours, or the Kawerau track (3km) up to 2.5 hours. Classed as easy/moderate and tracks are paved. Ferry to visitor centre building is 1km but rangers are very willing to offer lifts up if needed.
There is no food for sale in the island, visitors need to bring own lunches/snacks. Food is available for purchase on the ferry, soft drinks and chocolate are available for purchase in the islands shop and there is also free tea and coffee available in the visitors centre. You do not have to carry food/lunch on the walk – you can put bags into a trailer at the wharf which can be taken to the picnic area for you when and transported back to the wharf.
When: Saturday 30 April
Transport to the Ferry terminal will be available from Awhina House Parnell and Manurewa Library, departing at 8:00am. Or meet at the Downtown Ferry Terminal 8:30am.
The Ferry departs Auckland at 9am and then departs TiriTiri at 3:30pm sharp. Each way is 1 hour and 15 minutes
Ferry: $25 return with RNZFB card or $50 without RNZFB card
Guided Walk: $10 per person
Payment must be made by Friday 29 April