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..

How to Get There

Singing in the rain - Don't let the weather put you off

Tiritiri Matangi, like Waiheke Island and the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsular, is a weather microcosm all on its own. Often there can be heavy showers in downtown Auckland and on Tiritiri we just watch them scoot by without touching us.

This is great for the visitors but sometimes not so great for the birds and the dams in the summertime. What this means for you, is that if the weather forecast is predicting showers, particularly from the west or southwest, then the likelihood of them reaching Tiritiri is minimal, and even if they do reach us there is always a magnificent pohutukawa to shelter under or the large luscious leaves of a puriri or kohekohe tree. Do bring your raincoat, just in case.

Of course, when there are major weather systems passing through, we do get rain. But the good news is that the bush, the birds and other wildlife benefit from the moisture and are still there for you to enjoy. The birds can be particularly active immediately after a shower. So, on those wet days, bring your rain gear and enjoy your walk on the Island.

When you have finished investigating the forest and its inhabitants, the Visitor Centre up by the lighthouse has free hot tea and coffee (thank you Dilmah, Nestle, Chelsea and the Tiritiri Supporters) and a great shop to browse in. All profits come back to supporting Tiritiri and our conservation and education programmes on the Island.

See you soon – and don’t let the weather man/lady put you off!!!

360 Discovery provides a ferry service from downtown Auckland via Gulf Harbour (at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula).  Ferry bookings are made by phoning 360 Discovery (09 307 8005), or can be made on line at the 360 Discovery website www.360discovery.co.nz.

Ferry timetable:


26th December to mid January: every day.

Mid January to 24th December: Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays.

  • from Auckland 9:00am
  • from Gulf Harbour 9:50am
  • returning from Tiritiri Matangi at 3:30pm
  • arrives Gulf Harbour 3:50pm
  • arrives Auckland 4:40pm

The cheapest way is to come via Gulf Harbour.  Gulf Harbour is about one hour's drive north of Auckland at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. There is free parking available at the marina from where the ferry leaves the end pier (Pier Z).

Photography by Kathryn Jones ©