Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Wed, 3 Mar 1999 09:04:37 +1100
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 16:26:00 +1000
From: "Hicks, Roger" <>
To: Russell Woodford <>
Subject: RFI: Auckland and Tiri Tiri Matangi
My family and I will shortly be heading back to the UK and hope to break our
journey in New Zealand. Last time we were there (in 1988) we visited the
island of Tiri Tiri Matangi (hope I have spelt it correctly) just north of
Auckland. At the time it was being proposed as an open reserve where some of
the rare New Zealand endemic birds could be seen. When we visited
Saddlebacks and Brown Teal had already been (re?)introduced and seemed to be
doing well. As part of being allowed onto the island we spent the morning
planting trees including a special one for our eldest son, Andrew.
Is it possible to visit Tiri Tiri Matangi and how can a visit be organised?
Also is it possible to see Kiwi near Auckland as we missed this last time.
Thanks in advance
You can visit Tiri Tiri by ferry - when I last went in 1996 you had to book
the ferry which I now believe runs from Auckland - numbers of visitors are
limited by the number of ferries going out each morning. You can enquire at
the ferry booking office in Auckland for times/costs.
I never saw brown teal on the island, but there were lots of saddlebacks,
tui, whiteheads and other more common mainland natives. They had released
Stitchbirds in (I think)1995, which were breeding. The Takehe was doing
well but I didn't see Black robin (seen in 94) although I believe they are
still on the island and breeding.
I can't help you with Kiwi near Auckland - I saw Brown down in Stewart
Island which is rather out of your way. If you have time, go up to
Northland (if rain allows) and try for the Kokako and Brown Teal, or go to
Pureora (spelling?) down near Lake Tahoe (not Brown teal), where you can
also see the Blue Duck on the few patches of white water rivers coming off
Have a good trip.
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