Visit to Tiritiri Matangi Island

On Wednesday 13th March 50 members of our School Enviro Group visited Tiritiri Matangi Island.

This trip was sponsored by Running Events - http://runningevents.co.nz/

They paid for us to go to the island by 360 Ferries and we are so grateful because it was the most magical day ever!

The boat trip was calm and relaxing. It was a brilliant summer's day and a Navy research boat kept pace with us.  The children really loved this experience on the water. Tiritiri Matangi is an open sanctuary.  Some volunteers from Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi  met us at the wharf and gave our group a guided tour of the sanctuary areas in groups of 10.

The island is so dry as the result of this summer's drought that feeding stations are set up in the bush to ensure birds are kept fed and watered.  We saw so many birds that we had been learning about in our group sessions - the Saddleback, the Tui, the Kakariki, the Kereru and the North Island Robin. Some lucky students even saw a Kokako. Children took lots of photos.

As a group we learned about Tiritiri Matangi and the birds that live there.  We learned about the native bird protection programmes and about how valuable volunteers are to our society.