50% at time of Booking, balance 30 days prior to tour date
Flights x 2
Breakfasts x 3 (B)
Dinners x 3 (D)
All attractions as listed
Close to your own backyard, is an an amazing island full of native flora and fauna, something unique to this special place. The largest island in the Hauraki Gulf and the most untouched. The island has a bush covered craggy volcanic interior with a coastline of beautiful bays and beaches and is a haven for rare birds & lizards.
A Great Barrier Island Getaway is to experience life off the grid, under the radar and on the edge… it really is a world of its own! Over 70% of the land is protected Conservation Park and with night skies rated ‘second to none’… the whole island is a Dark Sky Sanctuary.
Enjoy the beauty – Like visitors before you, the first thing that you’ll notice will be the beauty, the dramatic and rugged skyline, the mountains and bluffs running down to the beautiful clear ocean and stunning beaches. The one main road gently winds through small ‘villages’, over mountain ranges, along coastal stretches and through picturesque farmland.
Friendly locals – It will be’ bigger’ than you imagined, and friendlier too. The locals are a laid-back bunch… there’s always time for a chat, a ‘hello’ or at the very least, a friendly wave as they pass by.
Tranquility – Electricity is reliant on solar rays and generators – regular everyday commodities are available but not without some effort to supply. Escape to tranquillity – escape with us to Great Barrier Island!
This morning you will be transported from your home (in Tauranga area) to Auckland’s Air Centre One Terminal. Here, we get to meet the team who will fly us to Great Barrier Island. We land into Claris where we are met by Steve, our driver-guide for the next few days. Steve has spent most of his adult life on Great Barrier and is a wealth of information, of which he will share as we head off to explore the island before arriving at our amazing accommodation.
Great Barrier Lodge sits on park like grounds overlooking the beautiful Whangaparapara Harbour on Great Barrier Island. Experience the peace and tranquility, fabulous views from waterfront suites surrounded by spectacular bush clad scenery. Lose hours just soaking in the Harbour and all it has to offer. Take time to settle in and explore the lodge before joining your fellow travellers for dinner at the restaurant & bar. Angeline will be our hostess and take care of our comfort and food.
Overnight in Great Barrier Lodge (Am Tea, D)
After breakfasting this morning, we wander down to Whangaparapara Wharf to board the ‘Sundancer’ for our spectacular coastal cruise. We look at the old Kauri Sawmill and Whaling Station sites before heading up the west coast & through the spectacular Broken Isles. Once through the Man O’ War Passage we enjoy a scrumptious on-board lunch in the sheltered waters of the beautiful Port Fitzroy Harbour. After lunch, we disembark Sundancer at the Glenfern Sanctuary – Fitzroy House, where staff give us an informative presentation explaining what they’re doing at the sanctuary regarding pest control and native plant and bird reintroduction. Fitzroy House sits on the water’s edge and is home for kaka parrots, wood pigeons and banded rail etc. After the presentation talk the group will be transferred to Sunset Rock for an amazing panoramic view of Port Fitzroy Harbour and beyond. Steve meets us here and we travel back down the east coast by bus enjoying great views of Rakitu Island, The Windy Canyon and Pacific Ocean Panoramas. We stop for a cuppa-and-cake at Awana where we enjoy an optional walk along this spectacular east coast surf beach.
Overnight in Great Barrier Lodge (B, Am Tea, L, D)
Steve picks us up again this morning and we head off to discover Tryphena. We visit the Shoal Bay Pottery before heading back to Angsana Restaurant where we explore the lovely grounds, local wildlife and a small Thai style gift shop before we dine for lunch. Please make sure you bring your togs and towels because after lunch we head up to Kaitoke Hot Springs. The walk to these natural and undeveloped springs is on a mainly level track. The beginning of the walk meanders through a stunning grove of Nikau palms. The walk is approx. 40mins, is not difficult but some fitness level is required. If not able to do this walk, Steve will arrange an alternative option for you.
Overnight in Great Barrier Lodge (B, L, D)
Steve collects us again this morning – we bid farewell to our hosts and we head off to explore the Okupu Harbour area. Visit Okupu beach to check out the ancient Pohutukawa trees and then tour around to the forgotten wharf at Blind Bay. For those who are adventurous, you can enjoy a ride on “Crazyhorse” …… Steve’s Harley style 3 wheeled motorbike. Sit back and feel the wind in your hair as you ride. Time permitting, we will visit Pigeon Post for last minute souvenirs and/or tea or coffee before checking in for your flights back to Auckland then travel back to Tauranga.