Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

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..

Guidelines for School Visits



What will you do on your school visit to Tiritiri Matangi? This will depend largely on the age range of your students and what you want them to get out of the visit. The programme below gives you a general idea of what to expect. Our Educator (educator@tiritirimatangi.org.nz) will be able to advise you on what is appropriate for your students. The times given below are approximate.

On the boat  It is a good idea to ensure that younger students, in particular, have morning tea and make use of the bathroom facilities while on the ferry. Accompanying adults should supervise students during the ferry crossing
10.20- 10.30  Arrive at Tiritiri Matangi. School parties should wait until other day-visitors have left the boat before doing so themselves. Any large or heavy food containers can be loaded by accompanying adults onto the rail trolley on the wharf. On leaving the ferry, walk to the end of the wharf where the vehicles are parked (keep to the hand rail on the left hand side). Personal bags that are not needed during the guided walk can be loaded onto the trailer. Students should remain together in a group, standing or sitting, for the Ranger's talk. 
10.30-10.40  Introductory talk by DOC Ranger, then groups to be guided are organised and assigned to guides. 
10.40-10.45  Guided groups start their walk. School groups usually move off before other visitors.
10.45-12.15  Guided walk. Two routes are available. Most school parties walk up the Wattle Track, which is the shorter of the two and therefore more suitable for younger students. Senior students may find the longer walk, up the Kawerau Track, more suited to their needs, depending of what they hope to learn. If in doubt, discuss the choice of route with our Educator before your visit. Whichever route you take, it may be possible to walk the alternative route after lunch (see below). Accompanying adults should supervise students closely during the guided walk. 
12.15-1.00  Lunch in the courtyard at the Visitor Centre (or inside the centre in wet weather). Complimentary tea and coffee is available in the VC for accompanying adults (not students). Water is available and soft drinks can be bought from the shop. Adults should supervise students throughout lunch, taking turns to do other things (visit the shop, toilets, etc.). Note that the public toilets are downhill from the VC, clearly signposted. 
1.00  Students have 10 minutes with the Tiritiri Matangi Educator, looking at what we can do to improve our natural environment.  
1.10-3.00   Afternoon activities are determined by the school. There are several options:

  • Spend time on worksheets or assignments set by the school 
  • Students can be given a presentation by the Educator (senior students only)
  • Carry out one of two available 'Round Robin' activities in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre (ask the Educator about these)
  • Walk down the alternative route back to the wharf
  • Walk to the beach and observe the marine life (more appropriate at low tide)
3.15   Whatever you decide to do after lunch (and there may be time to do more than one of the above activities), bear in mind that your party must be back at the wharf by 3.15 sharp, to board the ferry for a prompt 3.30 departure.

If you have any questions about what you can do on the Island as a school party, please do not hesitate to contact our Educator. 

We hope you have a wonderful day!