Great Barrier Island
March 25 @ 3:30 pm - March 28 @ 7:30 pm$1665.00
Great Barrier Island
(25th – 28th March 2019)
Day 1) Mon 25th March Wanganui – Auckland
We depart Wanganui Racecourse (time TBC) for a short drive out to Wanganui airport to catch our flight to Auckland. Once we have collected our luggage we are shuttled to our nearby accommodation, Auckland Heartland Hotel. We enjoy a lovely group dinner and get to know our travel companions before resting our heads for the night.
*If you are flying into Auckland from another destination you will meet the tour leader and group at the airport and shuttle with them to the accommodation. If live in Auckland or another area, we will shuttle you directly to the accommodation to join our group.
Day 2) Tue 26th March Auckland – Great Barrier Island (Southern Explorer)
A relaxed start to the day and after breakfast we head back to the airport to catch our 10.30am flight to Great Barrier Island. We fly into Claris where we are met by Steve our driver-guide and head off to explore the southern end of the island. We visit the famous ‘Milk, Honey & Grain Museum & the Community Arts Village’ and have lunch at ‘My Fat Puku, the new café at Claris. We take a stroll along Medlands Beach and explore the Tryphena area before checking in to our amazing accommodation. Great Barrier Lodge sits on park like grounds beside beautiful Whangaparapara Harbour. Take time to settle in and explore the lodge before joining your fellow travellers for dinner at the restaurant & bar.
Day 3) Wed 27th March Great Barrier Island (Northern Exposure)
After breakfast this morning the group wanders down to Whangaparapara Wharf where we board ‘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 along with 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.
Day 4) Thur 28th March Great Barrier Island (Off the beaten track) – home
We are collected this morning and head off to the Hot Springs Track for a 10-minute bush-walk to explore a stunning ‘Gt Barrier Island Nikau Palm’ grove. We call into Okupu Beach to check out the ancient Pohutukawa trees and then tour around to the ‘forgotten wharf’ at Blind Bay… a very scenic route with lovely old stone bridges and deep gullied streams. We enjoy our lodge supplied picnic lunch on the shores of a privately-owned beach before making our way back to ‘civilization’. For the adventurous, we enjoy a ‘wind in the hair’ joy ride on ‘Crazyhorse’ Steve’s Harley style 3 wheeled motorbike. We visit the Pigeon Post for gifts/souvenirs and tea/coffee etc at My Fat Puku Café before checking in for our 3pm return flight to Auckland.
* If you are Auckland based or from another region a shuttle will transport you home or your next flight will be arranged for you.
Once landed you will have some time to grab a bite to eat until we board our flight back to Wanganui. Our coach will be waiting and transport us back to that racecourse as we bid farewell to our new friends.
Total cost: $1665 ex Wanganui
$1625 ex Auckland
Travellers from other regions will have a customised price quoted
Deposit $500 due Monday 14th January
Final payment due by the 21st February
- All coach & shuttle travel to stated destinations.
- All return flights (Wanganui – Auckland – Great Barrier island)
- Great accommodation (twin share) * single supplement available.
- Breakfast: day 2, 3, & 4.
- Lunch: day 2, 3, & 4.
- 2 course dinners: night 1, 2 & 3.
- All morning/afternoon teas stated in itinerary.
- All activities stated in itinerary.
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