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Wake up to the sound of the dawn chorus, enjoy spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf, and take a walk amongst the regenerating bush. If you want to stay overnight on this island sanctuary, you'll need to book a spot here in the bunkhouse.

Accommodation overview


  • Boat


  • Shared


Bookings required


  • Kitchen - fully equipped
  • Lighting
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilet - flush


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

About this accommodation

Tiritiri Matangi Island is a sanctuary offering a pest-free environment for rare and endangered wildlife. 

The bunkhouse is the only accommodation on Tiritiri Matangi.

It is a communal facility and has limited availability as it is primarily used by volunteers and students carrying out work on the island.

Tiritiri Matangi Island bunkhouse. Photo copyright: Lianne Schroder.
Tiritiri Matangi Island bunkhouse with Rangitoto Island in background


  • Gas stove and oven
  • Microwave oven
  • BBQ
  • Two fridges and a freezer
  • All cutlery, crockery, utensils etc
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishwashing liquid, dish cloths and dish brushes
  • Tea towels
  • Drinking water (rain water from the tap)
  • Two hot showers
  • Two toilets (toilet paper provided)
  • 3 rooms for public use, with 15 bunk beds in total:
    • Room 1 Kahu: 4 beds
    • Room 2 Kokako: 5 beds
    • Room 3 Tuatara: 6 beds

Getting there

Red Beach Primary School children in front of Tiritiri Matangi Island bunkhouse. Photo: Liz Maire.
Red Beach Primary School children in front of Tiritiri Matangi Island bunkhouse

The bunkhouse is located at the top of the hill near the lighthouse and Visitor Centre.

There is no public transport on the island but, if you are staying overnight, your gear will be taken to the bunkhouse. When you get off the ferry, leave your gear in the trolley on the wharf and the island ranger will take it to the bunkhouse.

From the wharf, take either Wharf Road or Wattle Track to the bunkhouse (40 min).


Shared occupancy:

Adult: $30 per person
Child (0-17 years inclusive): $20 per person


Bookings are essential. Bookings can now be made for March–June 2015. 

Before you book:

  • Read the booking terms and conditions.
  • Ensure you do not arrive or depart the bunkhouse on a Monday or Tuesday as there are no island rangers on these days.
  • Check that the ferry is available on your chosen arrival and departure dates.
  • Read and understand the 'Plan and prepare' information below.

Book the Tiritiri Matangi Island bunkhouse online or contact:

Mahurangi / Warkworth Office
Phone:      +64 9 425 7812
Full office details


  • Tiritiri Matangi is renowned as one of the best places in New Zealand to spot rare and endangered native species.
  • Check out one of the many Tiritiri Matangi Island walks
  • Consider a night walk for a chance to see little spotted kiwi, little penguins and tuatara.
  • Hobbs Beach or North East Bay are both excellent spots to swim.
  • The Kiwi Ranger Programme is a free, fun and interactive way to get to know Tiritiri Matangi.

Know before you go

  • There is no linen - bring your own sleeping bag, sheet and pillowcase.
  • There is no washer or drier. Hand washing only - bring your own washing powder.
  • Expect to share living areas and bunk rooms.
  • There is no public telephone - only emergency calls can be made. Cell phone coverage is good on the grass outside the bunkhouse.

View of Hobbs Beach, Tiritiri Matangi Island. Photo copyright: Mike Fuller.
Hobbs Beach, Tiritiri Matangi Island

Student group ready for biosecurity briefing from island ranger, Tiritiri Matangi Island wharf.
Student group ready for biosecurity briefing from island ranger, Tiritiri Matangi Island wharf

Biosecurity requirements

Tiritiri Matangi is free of animal pests. However, there is a real risk that rats, mice and other pests could be brought to the island in your belongings.

To prevent this happening, all visitors staying at the bunkhouse must complete the biosecurity checklist (PDF, 333K).

Take the completed checklist to the island with you.

Good to know

Do not book your arrival or departure on a Monday or Tuesday

The ferry doesn't run on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the island rangers are not available to give you the required bunkhouse briefing or check-out on these days.

Check ferry availability

Both the bunkhouse and ferry can get booked out in advance. Please check both are available before finalising bookings.

Be prepared for ferry cancellations

Ferry sailings are subject to weather conditions. Call +64 9 916 2241 after 7am on the morning of your departure to check if your ferry is sailing.

Bring an extra day's food in case you have to stay longer. You will not be charged for additional unplanned time spent in the bunkhouse waiting for the weather to settle. However, if you wish to leave by means other than the ferry, DOC is not liable for the cost.

On your departure day, if the weather is deteriorating, the ferry operator may cancel the day trip but do a single morning run for overnight visitors. Contact 360 Discovery on 0800 360 DISCOVERY (0800 360 3472) for more information.

What to bring

Ensure you bring the following items for your stay in the bunkhouse:

  • Sleeping bag, sheet, pillow case
  • Drink bottle
  • Clothing for warm and cold/wet weather, including sun hat, swimming gear, warm hat, rain coat, over trousers
  • Tramping boots or other sturdy shoes
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Torch
  • Camera, binoculars (optional)
  • Food for your stay, plus enough for an extra day in case the boat is cancelled
  • Completed biosecurity checklist


Mahurangi / Warkworth Office
Phone:      +64 9 425 7812
Full office details
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