Guided Tours

When you visit Tiritiri Matangi you have the option of taking a guided walk from the wharf up to the Visitor Centre (next to the lighthouse). For first-time visitors especially, this will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the island.

Guides can tell you about the plants and animals you see and hear, identify archaeological sites, tell you about the early settlement of the island and its recent history as a sanctuary.

Three routes are used for guided walks:

Wattle Track

is the shortest, and takes about an hour to an hour and a half. This walk goes through replanted bush where the canopy is still low, which means you have a good chance of seeing birds close up.

Kawerau Track

is the longest, and takes up to two and a half hours. This is a varied walk that takes in the coastline, replanted bush and also an area of original bush which has some very old trees.

Moana Rua Route/Coast to Coast

takes about two hours, and requires a reasonable level of fitness due to some steep sections along the way. This walk showcases the island’s position in the Hauraki Gulf, taking in both coastlines as well as replanted bush.

Book Your Tour...

Bookings for guided walks are made with Fullers360 at the time that you book your ferry ticket – phone +64 9 367 9111. Although we maybe able to accommodate people on the day, to avoid disappointment it is advised that you book your guided walk prior to arriving on the Island.

How to become a guide

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer guide, then it is best to contact guiding@tiritirimatangi.org.nz. In your email, please include a little bit of information about yourself and why you are interested in becoming a guide. 

Guides have to undertake training and have a reasonable level of fitness.