Great Barrier Island Tour


Wed Jan 10 2024 at 10:00 am to Sun Jan 14 2024 at 04:00 pm


Great Barrier Island | Leigh, AU

Day 1 Wednesday 10th January 2024 Arrive
Flight to Auckland and then flight to island (yet to be confirmed and finalised)
Approx 2:00pm – Deadline to be at Domestic Terminal for our Barrier Air 3:00pm flight (30 mins) to island (exact time yet to be confirmed). Once we arrive and have our hired 12-seater van we will drive to the settlement of Tryphena located at Puriri Bay, which part of the Tryphena Harbour.
Our 4 night stay is at Pigeons Lodge for 12 people where our group will have the place exclusive. All rooms have en-suites
Day 2 Thursday 11th January – Southern half tour
Today we will explore the southern half of the island. The areas and places we will visit are.
a) Drive to Schooner Bay and up a side road for great views
b) Memory Rock and Medlands Beach – possible to climb to top of the rock
c) Okupu Bay – very large and old pohutukawa tree is something to see
*Recommend lunch in café in the Claris area before
d) Kaitoke Hot Springs – natural hot pool in bush area, you are able to get into the pool if you like, you will have to find you own privacy in the bush to dress, undress etc. 3km, 40 minute easy grade walk from car park to pool. From the pool there is a short sharp climb up the track for view over the Kaitoke Swamp and large wetland area. Note total length of this walk is approx. 6km easy grade
Return to Tryphena
Day 3 Friday 12th January – Northern half tour
Today we will explore the mid-northern half of the island. The areas and places we will visit are;
a) Glenfern Sanctuary – a visit to this sanctuary area, it is recommended to allow 2-3 hours here with a guided walk – climb into a 300yr old Kauri Trees canopy as part of this visit and great views from a place called sunset rock.
b) Lunch at Port Fitzroy before:
c) Metal roads to Whangapoua Beach with a beach walk to the S.S Wairarapa gravesites, shipwreck that happened in 1894 – approx. 40 minutes return – interesting history
d) Very scenic drive through bush area and views of the pinnacles and Coopers Castle
Return to Tryphena
Please note as we are driving around, through places on these 2 days there are several art places, shops etc we may decide to call in on. As we are on an island we will “go with the flow”
Day 4 Satuday 13th January - Whangaparapara and free half day
or Whole free day
Now that you know what the island is all about today is a free day. As Tryphena is located on a safe swimming area you can blob out here for the day, swim, read etc.
We are more than happy to take people to other areas or return to an area from the previous 2 days remembering that the van can only be in one place at any one time. You may also like to hire your own car for the day and do your own thing.
If you would like a history walk, we will go to the Whangaparapara area.
Day 5 Sunday 14th January – Return
Our flight off the island is at 1:00pm so we need to be packed up and on the way to the aerodrome around noon. We need to leave accommodation earlier and fill some time somewhere.
Once back in Auckland we will say our final good-byes to newfound friends before we depart in our separate directions. Return flight to Taranaki will be late afternoon.
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Where is it happening?

Great Barrier Island, Port Charles, New Zealand, Leigh

Event Location & Nearby Stays:

Eastern Taranaki Experience

Host or Publisher Eastern Taranaki Experience

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