Tiritiri Matangi Island

NZ’s unique ecosystems
International students were treated to the wondrous sights and sounds of Tiritiri Matangi Island, located in the Hauraki Gulf.

Science teachers’ Blair Davies and Miyuki Maxwell accompanied students as they gained first hand experience of how New Zealand’s unique ecosystems are being preserved and managed.

After a ferry trip from Gulf Harbour, the group went on guided walks and talks with DoC staff along the foreshore and beach, as they headed up through regenerating bush to the top of the island.

Students were able to hear and see lots of rare and endangered birds such as stitchbirds, saddlebacks, bellbirds, robins, and little blue penguins. Stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf and surrounding islands provided the perfect backdrop for lunch at the historic Tiritiri lighthouse.

Exhausted after a day of hiking up and down hills, students left with plenty of photos and memories of the day.