Tiritirimatangi

On my wish list was a ferry trip across Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour to Tiritirimatangi. I was so thrilled when VJ told me she had a spare ticket and would like me to join her on a visit to the island.

The island is a native bird sanctuary. Volunteers helped eradicate all the mammals which were predators for New Zealand native birds, they planted over a quarter of a million native trees and plants, and they introduced the endangered takahe. You really are surrounded by birds there. Even when you can’t see the birds, you can hear their song, ringing out loud and clear.

As we passed Rangitoto Island on our way over to Tiritirimatangi on the ferry, the weather looked moody.

We were caught in a shower of rain soon after we stepped ashore – but before long, there was light at the end of the tunnel.

The takahe were easy to spot – and so tame and unworried by our presence that we managed to get quite close to them.

With the kowhai in flower, the tui were making the most of feeding on the yellow flower’s nectar.

VJ managed to catch this photo of a parakeet.

We also saw the  cute little “white heads”.  You had to be quick to photograph them!

Manuka is in flower at this time of year.

I was pleased that OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) doesn’t seem to have found Tiritirimatangi, or they would have managed to erect barriers and ugly signs around this spectacular drop from the top of the island straight down into the sea.

The coastline is rugged. We especially liked the turquoise pool at the base of this cliff.

The time between being dropped off by the ferry and being picked up mid-afternoon is enough to take you pretty much around the island – and I am no Speedy Gonzales. The tracks are clear and easy to manage. Here is VJ on one of the constructed walkways, which leads to a bridge across a little stream.

We were ready for lunch when we stopped on a breezy knoll. No food is available on the island, so we enjoyed the picnic we took with us.

Our final stop before returning to the ferry was at the lighthouse – and, of course, the shop. The shop stocked some of the most exquisite souvenirs I have seen anywhere. They are well priced as the shop is run by a team of friendly and helpful volunteers – the best service we have had anywhere. I can hardly wait for Christmas to wear the new earrings…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Tiritirimatangi

  1. VJ says:

    It was a fun day!

  2. Thank you, again, for taking me along! It sure was an enjoyable day. Thank you, too, for allowing me to use your bird images on my blog. I hope others will go to the island and enjoy their day as much as we did.

  3. KylaB says:

    Outings to fun places with special friends are always great days out. Such a lovely island and the birds look amazing.

  4. Judith Cartwright says:

    What wonderful memories your blog brought back to me. Years ago a group of us sailed out to the island from Auckland on a yacht. From about 3kms away we were astounded to hear birdsong piping out over the water and growing in volume by the minute. A totally unique and breathtaking experience. I hope OSH never sets foot on the place!

    • Being able to hear birdsong from such a distance offshore would have been spellbinding. We could hear the bell bird when we were on one of the walking tracks and that certainly held us to the spot.

  5. Ana says:

    I love the grey Rangitoto shot! Gorgeous NZ coastline and birds.

  6. Thank you. While the weather was not quite what we were hoping for as we set out, it did provide an opportunity for a shot of Rangitoto which was rather less cliche than Rangitoto bathed in sunshine and framed with pohutukawa.

  7. johncoyote says:

    Photos and location are beautiful. Thank you.

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