Great Barrier Island Escape - MGB

Number of Days: 5
Destination: New Zealand
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  • This is a real escape to a stunning part of our country many Kiwis haven't been and somewhere everyone who goes falls in love with. A five day adventure from Auckland to stunning Aotea / Great Barrier Island, one of the Hauraki Gulf's real gems and, since 2017, officially recognised as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. The tour includes the wonderful return scenic flight to Aotea / Great Barrier Island. Enjoy a leisurely holiday exploring the bush lined roads, coastline and harbours. You'll love the opportunity to meet local artisans, guides and island personalities.

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    Day 1 : Auckland – Claris – Tryphena

    We start our tour on a real high with a scenic flight from Auckland airport over the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to Claris on Great Barrier Island. Your MoaTours Kiwi Guide is there to meet you at the airfield with our own tour coach.

    We head off to Puriri Bay to meet Marion for lunch at her Elephant Craft Gallery and continue on to meet Peter and Fenella at Black Cow Gallery nearby. We stay in relaxed, island style accommodation at Sunset Waterfront Lodge and Shoal Bay Estate for four nights and dine with Val at Shoal Bay Estate this evening.

    What you'll love today
    • The stunning flight over the Hauraki Gulf to Aotea / Great Barrier
    • Meeting the locals over lunch at the Elephant Craft Gallery

    Accommodation - Shoal Bay Estate & Sunset Waterfront Lodge

    Day 2 : Explore the Northern End of Great Barrier

    Today we're exploring the Northern part of Great Barrier, starting at Okiwi Park where a flat trail meanders through mature Puriri and Totara trees.

    We call into Awana Beach and visit the Milk, Honey and Grain museum, a treasure trove of stories and memorabilia of the early settlers.

    We return to Shoal Bay for dinner. Then later this evening, if the sky is clear, we stargaze at Medlands Beach with local guides who will tell us about the new International Dark Sky Sanctuary status recently awarded to the island.

    What you'll love today
    • The stunning coastline at Awana Beach
    • Stargazing in the International Dark Sky Sanctuary
    Accommodation - Shoal Bay Estate & Sunset Waterfront Lodge
     

    Day 3 : Tryphena – Port FitzRoy - Broken Islands cruise

    Today we head over the ranges from Tryphena to Claris and on to Port FitzRoy to meet local skipper and personality Chris. We cruise out on his launch to discover the inlets of this favourite sheltering place and head southwards down the coast through the Broken Islands.

    Returning to Port FitzRoy we lunch at Glenfern Sanctuary's jetty and hear the story of this 83 hectare Regional Park and how it came to be the main gateway to the predator fenced 240ha Kotuku Peninsula. We return to Tryphena in the late afternoon and dine out this evening.

    What you'll love today
    • Beautiful Port FitzRoy and Broken Islands cruise
    • Hear the history of Glenfern Wildlife sanctuary
    Accommodation - Shoal Bay Estate & Sunset Waterfront Lodge
     

    Day 4 : Okupu / Blind Bay – Whangaparapara – Tryphena

    Today we'll discover Okupu / Blind Bay on the way to Whangaparapara Harbour to lunch at Great Barrier Lodge. Our hosts will share the history of this peaceful harbour which was once seething with activity - gold and silver mining, timber milling and a whaling station which shut down in 1962.

    Later in the afternoon we head back to our accommodation at Tryphena and dine in at Shoal Bay Estate.

    What you'll love today
    • Enjoy the beauty of Okupu and Whangaparapara
    • Hear the fascinating stories of the island's past
    Accommodation - Shoal Bay Estate & Sunset Waterfront Lodge
     

    Day 5 : Tryphena – Medlands Beach - Claris – Auckland

    We start our last day on the island with breakfast with Val at Shoal Bay Estate before heading off to visit Sarah at Shoal Bay Pottery then walk along Medlands Beach, a favourite spot for surfers.

    We meet Vivienne at her sculpture gallery in Claris and visit the Community Heritage and Art Village. In the mid afternoon we catch our flight from the airport at Claris back to Auckland.

    What you'll love today
    • Meet local artists in the Community Art Gallery
    • The stunning scenic flight back to Auckland
  • General Inclusions

    • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
    • Services of your knowledgeable Kiwi guide.
    • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place"..
    • Return airfares from Auckland Airport to Aotea/Great Barrier and return.

    All Meals Are Included

    • All breakfasts(B)
    • All lunches (L) including special lunch with Marion at Elephant Gallery
    • All dinners, privately hosted by Val at Shoal Bay Estate (D)

    All Activities & Entrance Fees Are Included

    • Visit Peter and Fenella at the Black Cow gallery
    • Star gazing in the International Dark Sky Sanctuary
    • Cruise with Chris from Port FitzRoy to the Broken Islands
    • Meet the custodians of Glenfern Sanctuary Regional Park
    • Lunch at Great Barrier Lodge on Whangaparapara Harbour
    • Entry into The Milk, Honey & Grain Museum
    • Meet Sarah at Shoal Bay Pottery

    Included Sightseeing & Exploring

    • Take a scenic flight over the islands of the Hauraki Gulf to Aotea/Great Barrier
    • See the beaches and walk along the bush tracks
    • Stroll among mature native trees at Okiwi Park
    • Visit the Heritage & Arts Village Trust in Claris
    • Stroll bush trails and visit Okupu, Blind Bay on the way to Whangapapara Harbour
    • Walk along Medlands Beach and Awana Bay, favourite spots for surfers
    • Walk the bush trail towards Kaitoke hot springs

     

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    • From just $2,995 per person based on twin share

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