Overnight Stays

Overnight accommodation is available on Tiritiri Matangi in a cottage that was once the lighthouse keeper's accommodation. This cottage now offers 15 bunks in three rooms, and is well equipped with all cooking utensils, fridge, freezer, microwave, gas stove, BBQ, and bathroom facilities with hot showers.


  • You need to bring a sleeping bag, a pillow case, a sheet to cover the mattress, food, and a torch or flashlight if you want to go walking at night.
  • Your food must be in rodent free containers, like a sealed box. Please do not bring food in open bags or supermarket bags. This is to help prevent an accidental introduction of rodents onto the island, as Tiritiri Matangi is rodent free.
  • If you are staying overnight, your gear will be taken to the bunkhouse. When you get off the ferry, leave your gear in the trolley on the wharf and the island ranger will take it to the bunkhouse.
  • Please be aware that the bunkhouse is a shared space that is also used by volunteers and researchers.
  • Beds are often booked up several months ahead, so it is wise to plan your trip well in advance. There is usually more space available in the winter months.
  • Camping is not permitted on the island.

Bookings can also be made by phoning the DOC Auckland Visitor Centre (0‎9 3796476)

Look for kiwi pukupuku/little spotted kiwi, kororā/little penguin or tuatara once the sun goes down.

Evening and night-time activities

If you stay overnight you can explore the island fully. Typically the birds are more active once the day visitors leave, so there is a greater chance of catching sight of the less common birds, such as kōkako. On the island, there are a number of family friendly activities.

Get up early with the birds and hear their melodious dawn chorus.

Do the three-hour loop track that circumnavigates the island, taking in views of Rangitoto, Hauturu and the Coromandel. It is best to take swimming gear, beach shoes and sun protection - the tracks on the northern end of the island are more exposed.

Bring your snorkel and mask to look for fish on the eastern side of the island, near Northeast Bay or Wooded Island. If you have limited time, head for the rocks off Hobbs Beach or snorkel out to the small island a couple of hundred metres offshore.


There are no pests on the island and we want to keep it that way, so it is important to do some checks to ensure that you’re not carrying an unwanted hitchhiker. 

Check – your gear for pests such as rodents and insects

Clean – footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds

Seal – ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

When you leave the mainland, it is important to scrub your footwear and double check that you’re not taking any unwanted seeds or pests onto the island. For a detailed checklist, see the Department of Conservation’s guide. 

Green Design

In the past, Tiritiri Matangi’s lighthouse keepers had to be self-sufficient, and these principles are maintained on the island today. Water is collected from roofs and stored in large tanks. Bore water that is extracted using a solar-powered pump is used for flushing the toilets. Food waste is composted and sewage is collected and taken off the island. In 2006, forty solar panels were installed, making the island less reliant on fossil fuels.