Great Barrier Island Tour



Great Barrier Island

From $1320.00 per person

Journey with us to one of the most unspoiled places you will ever find; an amazing island full of native flora and fauna, some unique to this special place.  Escape to tranquillity – escape to Great Barrier Island!  While on the island enjoy a full day touring visiting sights including Tryphena Harbour, Claris, Glenfern Sanctuary and much more.
Thursday 12 April – Saturday 14 April 2018
Day 1 – Thursday 12 April 2018  HOME CITIES – CLARIS, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND (LD) From our home cities we travel to Auckland Airport to connect with our flight from Auckland to Claris – Great Barrier Island.  On our arrival we are met by Steve our local driver-guide and head off to explore the southern end of the island. We visit the famous ‘Milk, Honey & Grain Museum and 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 Wharf & Shoal Bay Pottery before checking in to our amazing accommodation. Sunset Waterfront Lodge sits on park like grounds beside beautiful Mulberry Grove Beach. Take time to settle in and explore the local area before your dinner transfer to the nearby Currach Irish Pub. Sunset Waterfront Lodge – 2 nights
Day 2 – Friday 13 April 2018  GREAT BARRIER ISLAND TOURING (BLD) After breakfast this morning we tour up the island to Whangaparapara where we board ‘Sundancer’ for our spectacular coastal cruise. We take a look at the old Kauri Sawmill and Whaling Station sites before heading up the west coast and through the spectacular Broken Isles. Once through the Man O’War Passage we enjoy a scrumptious onboard lunch in the sheltered waters of the beautiful Port FitzRoy Harbour. After lunch we disembark Sundancer at the Glenfern Sanctuary – FitzRoy House, where tour guides Emma & Scott 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 waters 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 3 – Saturday 14 April 2018  GREAT BARRIER ISLAND — HOME CITIES (BL) Steve collects us this morning and we 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 a 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 Claris Texas Café before checking in at Claris Airport for our flight back to Auckland .

OUR ACCOMMODATION Sunset Waterfront Lodge is the perfect spot to relax and soak up the sun. Enjoy the benefits of being right on the water’ edge, as well as being surrounded by native bush and the bird life that comes with it. Accommodation options include Beach Villas or Beachfront studios, both with kitchenettes, private decks and the beach just across the lawn. 

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