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Creating a Sanctuary – Roadside Stories

Creating a Sanctuary – Roadside Stories


Tiritiri Matangi Island

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Tiritiri Matangi. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Each year more than 30,000 people visit Tiritiri Matangi, an island sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf. Previously farmed, Tiritiri Matangi has been replanted with almost 300,000 native trees, and is home to rare birds including takahē, stitchbirds and kōkako.

Island sanctuaries,


Prime ministers and takahē,

North Island kōkako,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number T7700).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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