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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Focus on Tiri Tiri Matangi Island

Tiritiri Matangi Island is located about four kilometres off the coast of Auckland's Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

Around 15 years ago Tiritiri Matangi Island, a 220 hectare island was largely barren farmland. In a unique partnership between the Government and conservationists from Auckland, it was designated an open sanctuary, cleared of predators and planted in over three million native trees. Administered by the Department of Conservation, Tiritiri Matangi Island is one of the most successful conservation projects in the world.
Tiritiri Matangi Island provides an opportunity to visit a genuine open wildlife sanctuary featuring many species of endangered New Zealand bird life, including the kiwi, takahe, kokako and saddleback/tieke.
Daily ferries take visitors to the island. On the island you will find a Visitors Centre with displays on the Tiritiri Matangi Island's history and biodiversity, and includes a popular children's learning area. A shop selling cold drinks and quality gifts is also on the island.

A network of tracks to enable visitors to explore the bush, cliff top views and beaches. Guided tours are available to enjoy this very special island.
Hobbs Beach on the western side of Tiritiri Matangi Island is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.