Full Day Tiritiri Matangi Island Ferry

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Highlights & inclusions

Tiritiri Matangi Photography Walks
Guided Walks & Walking Trails
Tiritiri Matangi Island Birdlife
A safe haven for endangered native species such as Kakako and Takah.
Experience the beauty and birdsong on this island sanctuary
Learn about conservation efforts
or 4 payments of $21.85 with more info
Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to experience

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Tue, Jul 23, 2024

What you can expect

Cruise on a return ferry service from Auckland via Gulf Harbour to Tiritiri Matangi Island. Explore this beautiful island wildlife sanctuary with an abundance of birdlife, native bush and extensive walking tracks. Operating in partnership with Ngāi Tai Te Haeranga.

Experience the beauty and birdsong on this island sanctuary, home to an unrivalled range of wildlife following one of the country’s most successful community-led conservation projects.

This pest-free island provides a safe haven for rare native species including Kōkako and Takahē. Take a walk with an experienced guide to help you spot the native species and find out more about the island’s conservation programme – available to pre-book with your ferry ticket.


What you need to know

  • 80 minute cruise each way to Tiritiri Matangi Island via Gulf Harbour
  • Take a swim and enjoy a picnic on the beach
  • A guided walk can be purchased at the time of booking your ferry tickets
  • Tiritiri Matangi Photography Walks
  • Guided Walks & Walking Trails
  • Tiritiri Matangi Island Birdlife
  • A safe haven for endangered native species such as Kakako and Takah.
  • Experience the beauty and birdsong on this island sanctuary
  • Wednesday - Friday: Departs Auckland: 9:00am | via Gulf Harbour: 9:55am | Arrives Tiritiri Matangi Island: 10:20am. Departs Tiritiri Matangi Island: 2:40pm | via Gulf Harbour: 3:05pm | Arrives Auckland: 4:00pm
  • Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: Departs Auckland: 8:30am | via Gulf Harbour: 9:25am | Arrives Tiritiri Matangi Island: 9:50am. Departs Tiritiri Matangi Island: 3:30pm | via Gulf Harbour: 3:55pm | Arrives Auckland: 5:20pm
  • This experience will takes approximately 80 minutes from Auckland or 25 minutes from Gulf Harbour
  • Please note the longer return trip duration on weekends and public holidays is due to additional stop at Home Bay, on some occasions this stop will not be required and the vessel will return to the Viaduct at 4:50pm
Departure Location
  • This experience departs Auckland from the Explore Booking Kiosk in Viaduct Harbour
What To Bring
  • A warm jacket
  • Flat soled shoes
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
Additional Information
  • There is no phone available for use on the island apart from in an emergency
  • There is a visitor centre and shop near the lighthouse which is normally open 11am - 3pm from Wednesday - Sunday where souvenirs and cold drinks can be purchased
  • There is no food for sale on the island so please remember to take your own food and snacks for the day and pack in a sealable container
  • Toilets are located at the Tiritiri Matangi Wharf, Hobbs Beach and the lighthouse
  • Smoking is restricted to the designated area at the wharf and outside the visitor centre
  • Please keep to the tracks so you don't disturb plants, birds or scientific studies
  • Dogs are not permitted
  • Fires and portable barbeques are not permitted
  • There are no rubbish bins on the island, so please remember to take all your rubbish with you when you leave
  • Bicycles, scooters and skateboards are not permitted on the island
  • If you wish to stay overnight on Tiritiri Matangi Island, you will need to book your return ferry tickets directly with our reservations team. Please email info@exploregroup.co.nz or call 0800 397 567 to arrange.
  • Your overnight accommodation at the Tiritiri Matangi Island bunkhouse will need to be booked separately via the Department of Conservation.
Terms And Conditions
  • Explore Group reserve the right to alter proposed routes or cancel any departure in the interest of passenger safety and/or comfort.
  • All departures are subject to minimum numbers, sea and weather conditions and Explore Group reserves the right to cancel departures in the event that requirements are not met.
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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