The Island Explorer
The Ultimate Great Barrier Island Getaway
Friday: Your group checks in at Auckland Domestic Terminal for your 4.00 departure. A beautiful 30 minute scenic flight across the Hauraki Gulf sees you landing at Claris Airfield at around 4.30 You’ll be met by our staff and shown to your rental car. You’ll be supplied with an island map and directions to your stunning waterfront accommodation, where the owners will be waiting to welcome you and settle you in.
Great Barrier Lodge is located on the shores of Whangaparapara Harbour. They have great restaurant and bar facilities with sunny decks and a peaceful back to nature atmosphere. Each couple have their own self contained accommodation. A stylish suite, harbour view studio or cosy refurbished cottage… Take your pick.
Saturday: After breakfast this morning you’ll wander down to the wharf where Chris will be waiting for you on ‘Sundancer’ his fully certified and refurbished 38 ft ex fishing vessel. Once aboard your ultimate tour begins. View the west coast of Great Barrier Island from the sea as you meander through the Broken Islands, visiting the Gannet colony and squeezing through Man of War passage into the beautiful Port Fitzroy Harbour. Chris will find a sheltered spot for you to enjoy a deliciously fresh lunch… especially prepared for you on-board Sundancer.
After lunch you will be met by your tour guide at Port Fitzroy Wharf and and welcomed aboard your own personal tour coach.
You’ll then continue back down the east coast of the island by road. The tour includes a stop and short optional bushwalk at the spectacular Windy Canyon.
You’ll really enjoy the magnificent east coast beaches and scenery as we make our way down the island. Stretch your legs along beautiful Awana surf beach while we prepare your al fresco afternoon tea break before returning to Whangaparapara to relax on the deck at Great Barrier Lodge.
Sunday: Today is all yours. Take your hire car and go exploring. Check out the Shoal Bay Pottery, visit Peter Edmonds at his wood turning/carving gallery and take a look at the local art gallery in Claris. Take a walk to the Mermaid Pool, the natural Hot Springs or just relax on the beach.
Leave your car at the airport when you check in for your 5.00 pm departure to Auckland Airports domestic terminal.
This package includes return airfares, 2 day car hire, The Ultimate Tour and 2 nights at Great Barrier Lodge.
$715 each for 2 people. $655 each for 4 people and $648 each for 6 people
2 adults & 2 children $542 per person
2 adults & 3 children $504 per person
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