The Tiritiri Concert

Date posted: 11-Feb-2020

Folk on the Water The 2020 Tiritiri Matangi Conce..

2020 Photo competition now open

Date posted: 15-Jan-2020

This year's photo competition is now open for entries. Please click here (/m..

AGM 2019

Date posted: 09-Sep-2019

Our Annual General Meeting was held at 7:30 pm on Monday 23rd September at the F..

More plaudits for Tiritiri Matangi

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

Recognition of the wonderful experience visitors have when visiting the Island h..

Results of the 2019 Photo Competition

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

The results of this year's competition have now been decided. Click here (/2019-photo-co..

Lighthouse Open Day

Date posted: 30-Apr-2019

Our historic lighthouse, signal station and diaphonic foghorn will all be on dis..

We need a new Treasurer

Date posted: 08-Apr-2019

The Supporters need a new treasurer to take over in September when Kevin Vaughan..

2019 Concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2019

OrigiNZ, the tartan taonga are returning for the 2019 concert. Click..

Tiri's three unique foghorns

Date posted: 01-Feb-2019

Our next social event will take place on Monday 18th March when Carl Hayson and ..

Young Conservation Superstars win awards!

Date posted: 27-Jan-2019

Gabriel Barbosa and teacher Kate Asher, a team leader who co..

School Visits

  Hurupaki school - Damien Cooper and Bridget Penwarden - they know a ratite when they see one!

Every child in New Zealand should have the chance to experience our wonderful natural environment, and to see how communities can help to conserve it. The Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi would like every school in the Auckland area to come and see our inspirational conservation island. 

We can offer a comprehensive educational programme to students from year 1 to year 13 and also support at tertiary level. Our Educator, Barbara Hughes, has taught the New Zealand science curriculum for many years, and is able to offer a range of educational experiences closely tied to the curriculum. 

The Supporters and Fullers360 offer discounted rates for school parties. The fare from either Auckland or Gulf Harbour is just $25.00 per student, and one accompanying adult for every six students travels free (schools bringing extra adults pay $37.50 per adult). The charge for the guided walk on the Island is just $2.00 per student (no charge for accompanying adults). The fee for the guided walk is payable on the Island on the day of your visit.  Please note that these special rates apply only for visits on school days during the school term.

Resources for visiting schools

Useful pre-visit Powerpoint: The 'A' to 'G' for your visit, explaining to students what to expect with links to learning resources.

Click here to jump to a page where you can download the updated (2018) Schools Activities Resource to find useful activities for use in the classroom or on the Island.

You may still access the original (2009) Teachers Resource for the Island here should you prefer to use that to help you plan your visit.

Financial support for school visits

Every student in New Zealand deserves the opportunity to experience the difference communities can make to their environment. Growing Minds, established by the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Inc. in 2012 is beginning this vision in the Auckland area and would like you to be a part of this. We (The Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi) would like to see every school in the Auckland area have the opportunity to visit the inspirational conservation island of Tiritiri Matangi and are offering this opportunity to decile 1-6 schools.

Typically, the total cost is around $35 per student to visit Tiritiri for the day. This includes $25.00 ferry fare, $5-$10 for the transport from the school to the ferry and back later in the day from the ferry and a $2 guiding fee on Tiritiri. The Growing Minds programme funds the full fare of $25.00 per student on the ferry for 85 children per school in one year whether taking the ferry from Auckland or Gulf Harbour (same cost for the ferry from both wharfs). If 85 students are booked the school needs to book two days out on Tiritiri with approx 42 students per day. We recommend that, if a school does not have a teacher who has been on Tiritiri in the past two years,  they keep their student number to no more than 40. For a school and teachers’ first time trip to the Island having smaller student numbers is highly recommended.

Fullers 360 Discovery offer one free adult to accompany every 6 children. Growing Minds funding from the Supporters of Tiritiri does not fund adult numbers above the 1:6 ratio. The Fullers cost for extra adults above the 1 adult to 6 student ratio is $37.50 and this is to be funded by the school. Our experienced volunteer guides will give the children a free guided walk on the Island. All school adults have free guiding. The bus fare to and from the ferry is not funded and relief teachers for the day are not funded.

With all student groups, including all senior groups, we need at the least a 1:10 adult to student ratio so that there is one school adult per guided group. 

The funding from Supporters of Tiritiri is for school visits to Tiritiri Matangi Island only. NOTE: the GM funds do not fund trips to Rangitoto Island or other Hauraki Gulf Islands.


If you would like to apply for funding under the Growing Minds programme, please read the Growing Minds School Bookings Procedure and make your application using the Growing Minds Application Form. If you would like a Word copy that can be filled in on-screen, click here. Please do not submit any information as a Google Docs file - use Microsoft Word.

Bookings for all school visits may be made by emailing Mary-Ann Rowland at or by phone (09 476 0010, Wednesday to Sunday). Growing Minds' application forms can be emailed to or faxed to 09 476 0010.

We request that the teacher in charge of students visiting using Growing Minds funding complete an evaluation form (available by clicking on the link at the foot of this page) at the end of the day or immediately after the visit.

Tiritiri Matangi is a wonderful example of what ordinary people can achieve with inspiration, hard work and with support from the Department of Conservation. In the relatively short span of 30 years, a barren island has been transformed into a world-renowned wildlife sanctuary. Thousands of people have volunteered their time to grow and plant 283,000 trees. Many of our endangered native birds and reptiles have since been released into the new habitats.

Sharing our knowledge and experience with our visitors is an important objective for the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi.

We look forward to welcoming you and your students to Tiritiri Matangi Island.

Would you like to help fund our Growing Minds programme?

We are always grateful to receive donations to help fund our Growing Minds programme. For its first year, Growing Minds was generously sponsored by Running Events, who paid for 1,000 schoolchildren's visits, while 360 Discovery funded accompanying adults/teachers. Check out the Running Events website or facebook page. In 2014 we received a generous grant from the Department of Conservation's CCP Fund to pay for 1,500 Growing Minds visits. Many of our members and visitors have also made donations to this wonderful programme.

You can see a video about the Growing Minds Programme here. If you would like to support our Growing Minds programme through a donation or sponsorship, please click here.


Evaluation form for Tiritiri Matangi education programme PDF document