2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

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..

Plan your Day

We welcome you and your students to Tiritiri Matangi Island. This island is a scientific reserve and open sanctuary. The wellbeing and safety of the resident fauna and flora has to be of primary concern at all times and we have therefore laid down guidelines that we require you to follow.

Please ensure all food is sealed in rodent proof containers so both you and the Department of Conservation can be assured your gear is pest free.

Remember pests include invertebrates and weed seeds as well as rodents. All gear including packs, boots, socks and clothes must be free of dirt and seeds.

Planning Your Day


To make your booking please contact the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi either by emailing schoolbooking@tiritirimatangi.org.nz or phone 09 476 0010 and the ferry company, 360 Discovery, by emailing groups@360discovery.co.nz or phone 09 367 9111.

  • Please complete this form (click here) for our records.
  • To make the most of your visit to the Island it is helpful to establish the educational aims of your trip and plan how best to achieve these.
  • If possible make a preliminary visit to the Island in order to assess suitability for the work you have planned.
  • Ensure accompanying adults as well as students have been thoroughly briefed on your expectations regarding good environmental behaviour.
  • School groups are kept to a maximum of 85 per day. This ensures that everyone gets the maximum benefit from the day without overcrowding of the tracks.
  • Prepare the students with information about the island and its birds prior to their visit.
  • Please ensure your students have good footwear, a raincoat, lunch, water bottle and are carrying required medication.
  • Guiding fee is $2.00 per student. The guide fee is paid on the island upon arrival at the Visitors centre by eftpos or cheque payable to: Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Inc.
  • Most guided walks finish between 12 and 1pm, please plan something for the students to do after lunch and before the boat goes. This could include worksheets from our Education Resource Kit (this is also found on the internet by doing a search for “Tiritiri Matangi; student activities”), a walk down to the beach to look at the rocky shore, more bird watching focusing on their bird of choice or helping to do a beach clean up – they will learn what happens to the rubbish thrown onto the streets in Auckland.
  • There is a souvenir shop on the Island. We have cold drinks as well as gifts from 50c upwards. We are very happy for the children and their parents to come and have a look around. All money spent in the shop comes directly back to support the island. We accept cash, visa and eftpos. We also provide free tea and coffee for the adults.
  • No whistles are to be used on the Island as a means of coordinating children.
  • Health and safety requirements are the responsibility of the school.
  • Department of Conservation Environmental care code is to be followed.
  • Funding assistance is available on application to the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi for decile 1 to 6 schools within the Auckland area. The details are available on our website under “Schools Visits”.

On the Day

  • On the day of travel phone 09 916 2241 after 7am to check if the ferry has been cancelled. Also ensure that all students, staff, teachers and parent helpers do the same.
  • Students should be placed in evenly sized groups with a teacher or helper allocated to each group before their arrival on the island so that they are ready to be guided. Prior to your visit you will be told how many guides you will have.
  • Our guides are all volunteers and enjoy imparting their knowledge. We ask that the accompanying adult (either teacher or parent) with each guided group takes responsibility for the management of the students in their group at all times. Any children with behavioural difficulties should be placed in a group with a teacher. If possible a teacher is to accompany the first and last groups of students being guided.
  • All lunches must be packed in a lunch box or sealed plastic bag. All food scraps, lunch wrappers and drink bottles must be taken off the island as we have a ‘pack in pack out’ policy.
  • Ensure that your students eat their morning tea and visit the toilet prior to leaving the boat as the guided walk takes approximately one and a half hours on the Wattle track and two hours on the Kawerau track.
  • No-one should play recordings of bird calls or songs on the Island as it interferes with the birds' behaviour and can disturb them at their nests. 
  • Teachers and parents need to closely supervise that there are no running or ball games at the lighthouse area at lunchtime or down on the beaches. There are many birds which could easily be disturbed or injured.

We thank you for your co-operation as this will ensure a safe and happy learning environment for everyone involved.

Photography by Alan Morris ©