Tiritiri Matangi Island is an open sanctuary that invites 150 people a day to experience native New Zealand wildlife in a beautiful environment. When you get off the ferry, you’ll be faced with a choice. Do you take the long route or the shorter? Choose the longer to get the most out of the trip unless you have a physical issue that keeps you from walking too far.
With the longer tour, you get more time with a tour guide, and these are the people that will add value to your time on the island. They can point the birds and tell you what you’re seeing. You might miss them, otherwise. They can also help you to recognize the song of those birds you can’t see. With a guide, you get more than, “Hey, there’s a bird. I wonder what it is.”
Protecting Tiritiri Matangi
Because the birds are vulnerable to invasive species like mice, argentine ants, and skinks, and seeds and soil can contaminate the area, there are strict policies in place to protect the area. All bags must be zipped, shoes need to be cleaned before boarding the ferry, and all food needs to be in sealed containers. You will need to bring your own food and water as there is very little on the island for purchase, though coffee and tea are available for donations. Remember to pack in and pack out; take your trash with you when you leave the island. The gift shop has some great souvenirs.
Tiritiri Matangi is the first place my wife and I saw little blue penguins. It’s such a beautiful place protecting birds, reptiles, and insects that we became supporters of the island. I want to do more to support the island, so I am giving $1 for every “Polly Penguin Wants to Fly” book sold on Amazon or here on Penguinate.com.
Check out these photos from Tiritiri Matangi.