Swimming & Snorkelling
While most peope come here for the nature, I was surprised to see that the island's beaches actually attract some beach-lovers, mostly arriving by private boats.
While it would be a real pity to see ONLY the beaches here, actually they are not bad either.
If you are staying for a few days and the weather is fine, a swim is not a bad idea at all, and even snorkelling could be interesting - you might see penguins in the water!
This picture shows the most popular beach on the west coast of Tiritiri. There are more beautiful and quieter ones on the more remote east coast.
Birdwatching is the most popular activitiy here.
And if you are new to it, you will be pleased to hear that you could hardly have it easier.
Birds are everywhere, and most species are pretty tame, too.
The trail up to the lighthouse leads through good forest and is an excellent place to start.
There are several feeding-stations and water-trays along it with benches placed opposite many, and in fact one of the best ways of seeing a variety of birds is sitting at one of these and waiting for them to come close!
A few species are harder to see. I put some info on these in my "Off The Beaten Path" tips, but you should also inquire about the latest sighting localities from the volunteers acting as guides and sales-personal in the souvenir shop.
This is one thing no visitor can avoid, as walking trails are the only way to get around much of the island. No reason to worry though: the island is small, the trails are well developed and clearly marked, and the walking is not strenous. Trails on the western side (where most visitors arrive) are busier, if you prefer a longer hike away from most other visitors, head for those along the eastern coast.