Fun Family Island Adventure - Bring the kids
Fancy a genuine kiwi style family holiday adventure? Then this one's just for you.
Day One: Your family adventure begins with an exciting and scenic 30 minute flight from Auckland Airport, across the Hauraki Gulf to Great Barrier Island. We'll meet you on arrival and show you to your rental car. Be sure to visit the I-site at the Claris Airport and grab all the activity brochures and explorer maps you'll be needing.
Time to check out your accommodation. Medlands Villas are positioned on an elevated 10 acre block overlooking beautiful Medlands Beach just 500 meters away.
The villas are bright and sunny, with a traditional kiwi bach feel. Fully functional & self contained, these villas are a great home base for your island adventure.
Villa 1 is great for a smaller family - 2 adults & 2 kids, and has lovely views over the Eastern coastline.
Villa 2 is bigger - 2 adults & 3 kids, and enjoys valley & bush views. Medlands is situated 10 minutes from Claris and 10 minutes in the other direction you'll find Tryphena Harbour.
Right - Get out there and explore. You just have to get yourselves down to Medlands Beach. Some say it's the Barriers best! There's a great little park half way along Sandhills Road with a free gas BBQ where you can whip up an al fresco lunch after your swim. Better head over to Tryphena, check out the Black Cow Gallery and visit Sarah at Shoal Bay Pottery too.
Day Two: Grab your towels and something warm for later on - today you're off on your Adventure Cruise with Sundancer Charters. The cruise includes a 3 - 4 hour boat tour departing from and returning to Whangaparapara with a BBQ lunch on board. It incorporates sightseeing in the Whangaparapara Harbour and explores the beautiful Broken Islands area, the entrance to Fitzroy Harbour, Man O War passage and Kaikoura Island. Skipper Chris will find a nice sheltered bay where the kids enjoy a swim while he prepares a scrumptious on-board lunch.
Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales on the return journey to Whangaparapara wharf.
Day Three: You can't come to Great Barrier Island and not visit the natural hot springs for a hot soak. You'll find the car park on the Whangaparapara road. Allow yourselves 40 minutes walking each way.
Don't forget the Windy Canyon bushwalk either, it's amazing! And only minutes from the car park at the top of Aotea Road on the way north to Port Fitzroy. There's so much to do and explore on Great Barrier Island. Just be sure to make it back to Claris Airport in time for your 5.00pm flight home.
You can try a little stand up paddle boarding with Shiny Paua Paddle Boards in Whangaparapara, go for a horse ride along Kaitoke Beach or take a cool ride with Crazyhorse Trikes. Let us know if you'd like to add-on any of these activities and we'll build them into your package.
This package includes all return flights from Auckland, 3 days car rental, 2 nights accommodation at Medlands Villas and a Sundancer Adventure Cruise with a scrumptious on-board lunch provided.
2 adults & 2 kids - $472 per person
2 adults & 3 kids - $481 per person