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Tiritiri Matangi Island

New Zealanders are mighty proud of Tiritiri. They should be.

Through the dedication and toil of volunteers, the tiny island has become a thriving wildlife sanctuary for native and endangered birds. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise for getting up close and personal with birds like the sweet little fantail and the cheeky, light-beaked takahe.

Tiritiri Island sits in the Hauraki Golf. It’s about a 75 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, perfect for day tripping. Besides birdlife, walks through native bush, deserted beaches, and blue-water views, there’s a 150 year-old lighthouse, a visitor center with a gift shop where you can get a free cuppa’. How Kiwi is that!

By the way, if you buy something in the gift shop, all profits go to keeping the island’s conservation and education programs alive and well. That’s so Kiwi, too.

 

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