I first went to Tiritiri Matangi island near Auckland several years ago (earlier post here) but recently had the opportunity to go back and spend the night there in a very reasonably priced (and understandably basic) bunkhouse (pictured below).
The island is rated as the number one tourist destination in Auckland on Trip Advisor…and it’s a great place to see native birdlife…and reptile life…and insect life too!
The highlight was undoubtedly seeing my first ever wild kiwi after four years of trying/hoping. I had a red torch (they can’t see red light) and could hear it rustling in a bush for about 15 minutes before it came out and walked within a couple of feet of me, silently and with purpose, searching for insects to eat. Brilliant! Given it was dark, I didn’t take photos, choosing instead to enjoy the moment.
That said, there were other photographed highlights which I show below…including seeing a wild Tuatara also…and the very rare Kokako…and Kakariki…and a little wasp living in a hole in a post.