Great Barrier Island    - 5   day New Zealand Tour

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Our first day (after pick up at your door) is a relaxing drive to Auckland. We will take our time and get to know our new tour companions. We always make a couple of extra stops on our way to our biggest city – and today is no exception. Enjoy seeing some of the countryside as we head north through the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.

Tonight we enjoy a wonderful dinner together and get a good nights sleep at quality city hotel before the adventure to Great Barrier begins in the morning.

On the plane and off we go to Great Barrier Island – landing at the island’s main aerodrome at Claris. We are met by our guide for the next few days, who will start our tour by visiting the Milk, Honey & Grain Museum as well as the Community Arts Village. A delicious lunch at the islands newest café is included and after we can stroll one of the island’s most picturesque beaches. By this time you should have adjusted to ‘island time’ and we check in at our accommodation for the night. A delicious dinner is included tonight as we look forward to 2 more enthralling days on the island.

After breakfast today we have a wonderful treat in store – a cruise around the coastline exploring some of the islands. We will see the old kauri sawmill and whaling station and travel through the Man O’ War passage to explore Fitzroy Harbour. In the afternoon it is time to visit Glenfern Sanctuary, where we have an informative presentation about the sanctuary. You may well spot some of the resident kaka, wood pigeons and other native birds as well. To finish the day off it is a cuppa and a cake at Awana to enjoy the spectacular rugged beauty and admire the offshore islands. After a full day exploring we will look forward to a good night’s sleep after another delicious dinner.

After a nice lie in today, there is more relaxation to come as we visit Kaitoke Hot Springs for a dip. These undeveloped springs are totally natural and the walk there is through a splendid grove of nikau palms. There is some walking involved to get there, so for those not quite up to it we will happily find some alternative sights to see.

After our nature experience we visit Angsana Thai restaurant and retreat for lunch. Your meal is included as well as a chance to explore the lovely grounds and small gift shop. This retreat is surrounded by wildlife so keep your eyes peeled and camera ready. Another group dinner awaits us tonight as we spend our last evening on the island. What a great chance to reminisce about all the wonderful things we have seen.

Today we leave the island, but not before packing in plenty more sights! We first visit Okupu Bay to see its’ ancient pohutukawa trees and view some lovely old stone bridges and deep gullies. Then, for the adventurous, there's time to have a joy ride on a 3 wheeled trike – feel the wind in your hair! We will then visit the ‘pigeon post’ shop to get those quirky souvenirs, before checking in for our flight after lunch. A quick 30 minute trip back to Auckland where we board the minibus and make our way home.

As always you will be dropped at your door, with wonderful memories of visiting this remarkable part of the country. We are sure you will love visiting Great Barrier Island with us.

* Please note, that unless specified in the itinerary we do not usually include the cost of lunches or morning and afternoon tea stops in the tour cost, but we always make stops where there are a range of options available so you can choose what you want, and have flexibility to do things on your own if you wish. 

Auckland, Great Barrier flights, beaches, kauri forests, bushwalks, cattle station visit, Glenfern sanctuary & more…

A world away from Auckland, (our 1st night stay) yet just 30 mins by air, is Great Barrier Island – a unique and less visited part of New Zealand.

Join us as we spend 3 nights on the island, getting to know the locals and enjoying the unspoilt scenery. Teeming with birdlife and covered in native bush, come with us on this once-in-a-lifetime getaway.

 

Whats Included:

  • 5 days of touring

  • 4 nights quality accommodation

  • Door to door service [home pickups]

  • Quality Air-conditioned vehicle

  • Fully guided with commentary 

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • Two featured lunches

  • Return flights Auckland/Great Barrier

  • Tour The Milk, Honey & Grain Museum

  • The Community Arts Village

  • Coastal cruise to see other islands

  • Visit to the Glenfern Sanctuary

  • Kaitoke Hot Springs

  • Exciting Trike Tour 

  • Plenty of stops along the way

You will see:

  • Stunning scenery throughout

  • Auckland City

  • Great Barrier Island

  • Old Kauri Sawmill and Whaling Station

  • Fitzroy Harbour

  • Native birds at the sanctuary

  • Okupu Bay and ancient Pohutukawa

  • The "pigeon post" shop

 

Not included:

  • Any lunches unless specified* 

  • Morning/afternoon tea stops*

  • Any alcoholic beverages with meals

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