Hikers Delight ~ How fit are you?
The Hikers Delight package offers the perfect mix of Premium grade return flights, great harbour-side accommodation complete with restaurant & bar facilities, your own rental vehicle allowing you the freedom to explore the island after each days hike... and a convenient track transfer system that sees your rental vehicle waiting for you right at the end of the trail.
Day One: Your group checks in at ‘Barrier Air’ Auckland Domestic Terminal at 9.15am for your 10.00am take off. A beautiful 30-minute scenic flight across the Hauraki Gulf sees you landing at Claris Airfield around 10.30am. You’ll be met and signed up for your rental car. We'll meet you at the hot springs car park (where you'll leave your rental car) and transfer your group through the island to the beginning of todays trail at the spectacular Windy Canyon. Approximately 1.5 hours beyond this point sits the summit of Hirakimata or Mount Hobson, our highest peak at 621 metres.
After lunch on the summit, head down to the Kaitoke hot springs for a well-earned soak in the totally natural thermal pools. Allow 40 minutes level walking, back to your rental car, waiting for you at the hot springs car park. Head out to your awesome accommodation at Great Barrier Lodge. its right on the harbours edge in Whangaparapara. You’ll be able to enjoy a cold drink and a hot meal after each days hike.
The total track time for this hike, including 20 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for the hot springs is between 5 and 6 hours.
Day Two: After breakfast you'll head north in your rental car to Harataonga Beach. We'll meet you there and transfer you to the beginning of the days hike.
The Okiwi to Harataonga Coastal track used to be the only route North until the New Zealand Army pushed the main road through, back in the 40's. The trail is elevated and takes in some spectacular coastal scenery. This is an easy grade walk although it takes around 4 hrs. Find a nice spot on the way to enjoy your packed lunch.
You'll finish the walk back at Harataonga Beach and a beautiful Barrier beach it is.... Nicely situated off the beaten track and definitely worth the walk. Have a swim or a rest on the beach before heading off in your rental car.
Day Three: You’ll be able to explore the rest of the island at your leisure. Check out the Mermaid Pool, Medlands beach, and Tryphena. The local museum at Claris is well worth a look, as is the local art gallery and Shoal Bay Pottery in Tryphena.
Leave your car at Claris Airfield when you check-in at 4.15 for your 5.00 pm departure with ‘Barrier Air’
Do these hikes sound a bit extreme? We have alternatives for the less adventurous.
This package includes return flights, 3 day car hire, island transfers, 2 nights at Great Barrier Lodge and a track map/info sheet.
$590 per person - 2 people in one suite
$460 per person - 4 people in one suite
$515 per person - 4 people in two suites