A Day Trip to TiriTiri Matangi Island, Auckland

Another day trip we did when my sister was here was to TiriTiri Matangi Island - a bird sanctuary island in the Hauraki Gulf.

TiriTiri Matangi Island

We caught a ferry over to the island one morning, with our packed lunches, bottles of water and sunblock. And we were super lucky with the beautiful day we had on the island that day.

After landing at the dock, we walked up to the Lighthouse first, had a walk around that part of the island, and as it was relatively close to lunchtime by then, we decided to stop for lunch and a tea break.

TiriTiri Matangi Island Lighthouse

I love the vegetation and views all around this island in the Gulf - it honestly feels like you're on a treasure island from the movies.

TiriTiri Matangi Island

We spotted some takahe birds hanging around the lighthouse:

TiriTiri Matangi Island Lighthouse

And took a few photos of the cousins (just missing Jessica):

TiriTiri Matangi Island

Then after lunch, we continued on one of the walks around the island:

TiriTiri Matangi Island

TiriTiri Matangi Island

TiriTiri Matangi Island

With a few stops along the way...


TiriTiri Matangi Island

...and a good few laughs...

TiriTiri Matangi Island

TiriTiri Matangi Island

TiriTiri Matangi Island

We were very fortunate to see 4 morepork owls in a tree along our walk - one of which was a baby! Sadly I can't seem to find those photos now!

TiriTiri Matangi Island

The home straight:

TiriTiri Matangi Island

Shenanigans down on the beach:

TiriTiri Matangi Island

TiriTiri Matangi Island

TiriTiri Matangi Island

And then we boarded the ferry again and set off back to the mainland.

I love our city - there are some beautiful day trips available all within easy distances from the city.

What's your best day trip around Auckland or your home town? 


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