Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland

One of the most successful conservation projects in the world, home to many rare and native bird species.

Marking the boundary of the Hauraki Gulf’s protected inner islands, Tiri is an open sanctuary and one of New Zealand’s most successful community-led conservation projects.

Since 1984, tens of thousands of volunteers have planted pohutukawa and other native trees, transforming the island’s barren pasture into dense forest.

The island now boasts healthy populations of some our rarest birds and animals.

The driving forces behind the island’s transformation are the Department of Conservation and the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi.

They have co-ordinated the planting of nearly 300,000 trees and initiated the translocation of many of the rare and endangered birds and animals found here.

Takahe, whiteheads, saddlebacks, kakariki, kokako, little spotted kiwi, stitchbirds, robins, rifleman, brown teal and tuatara are just some of the island’s star residents.


  • DOC rangers (lives on island): 09 476 0920
  • DOC Information Centre: 09 379 6476
  • DOC Warkworth Area Office: 09 425 7812
  • DOC Hotline (24 hours): 0800 362 468

For more information on supporting the ongoing restoration of Tiritiri Matangi visit: Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi