This short four day getaway is just long enough for you to put your feet up, and relax away from the hustle of city life and recharge your batteries.
Designed with relaxation in mind, and with maximum numbers of sixteen, we ensure you receive first class service while you soak up what the Island has to offer.
Situated on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand's only National Marine Park, Great Barrier Island is a mere ninety kilometres from Auckland City.
To visit Great Barrier Island is to experience life as it once was, off the grid, remote, rugged but stunningly beautiful and a charm that will stay with you forever.
This is one of our favourite getaways and most popular selling tours. Book now, and then sit back and take it easy because we'll take care of the rest!
We depart Whanganui Racecourse at 3.30pm for a short drive to Whanganui airport to catch our 4.45pm flight to Auckland. Once we have collected our luggage we are shuttled to our nearby accommodation, The Auckland Heartland Hotel. We enjoy a lovely group dinner and get to know our travel companions before resting our heads for the night.
If you are flying into Auckland from another destination, you will meet the tour leader and group at the airport and shuttle with them to the accommodation. If you live in Auckland and are travelling with us, we will shuttle you directly to the accommodation to join our group.
Accommodation: The Auckland Heartland Hotel
A relaxed start to the day, and after breakfast we head back to the airport to catch our 10.30am flight to Great Barrier Island. We fly into Claris where we are met by Steve, our driver-guide, and head off to explore the southern end of the island.
We visit the famous 'Milk, Honey and Grain Museum and the Community Arts Village’, and have lunch at My Fat Puku, the new cafe at Claris. We medlands take a stroll along Medlands Beach and explore the Tryphena area before checking in to our amazing accommodation, Great Barrier Lodge.
Our lodge sits on park like grounds beside beautiful Whangaparapara Harbour. Take time to settle in and explore the lodge, before joining your fellow travellers for dinner at the restaurant and bar.
Accommodation: Great Barrier Lodge
After breakfast, the group wanders down to Whangaparapara Wharf where we board 'Sundancer’ for a truly amazing coastal cruise. We look at the old Kauri Sawmill and Whaling Station sites before heading up the west coast and through the spectacular Broken Isles. Once through the Man O’ War Passage, we enjoy a scrumptious on-board lunch in the sheltered waters of the beautiful Port Fitzroy harbour.
After lunch, we disembark Sundancer at the Glenfern Sanctuary – Fitzroy House, where staff give us an informative presentation explaining what they’re doing at the sanctuary regarding pest control along with native plant and bird reintroduction. Fitzroy House sits on the water’s edge and is home to bird life, including kaka parrots, wood pigeons and banded rail. After the presentation, the group will be transferred to Sunset Rock for an amazing panoramic view of Port Fitzroy harbour and beyond. Steve meets us here and we travel back down the east coast by bus enjoying great views of Rakitu Island, The Windy Canyon and Pacific Ocean panoramas.
We stop for a cup of tea and cake at Awana, where we enjoy an optional walk along this spectacular east coast surf beach before arriving back at the lodge for the evening.
Accommodation: Great Barrier Lodge
We are collected this morning and head off to the Hot Springs Track for a ten minute bush walk to explore a stunning Great Barrier Island Nikau Palm Grove. We call into Okupu Beach to check out the ancient Pohutukawa trees, and then tour around to the ‘forgotten wharf’ at Blind Bay; a very scenic route with lovely old stone bridges and deep gullied streams.
We enjoy our picnic lunch, supplied by the lodge, on the shores of a privately-owned beach before making our way back to civilization. For the adventurous, we enjoy a wind in the hair joyride on ‘Crazyhorse’, Steve’s Harley style 3 wheeled motorbike. We visit the Pigeon Post for gifts and souvenirs, and refreshments at My Fat Puku cafe before checking in for our 3pm return flight to Auckland.
If you are Auckland based, or from another region, a shuttle will transport you home or your next flight will be arranged for you.
Once landed, you will have some time to grab a bite to eat until we board our flight back to Whanganui. Our coach will be waiting and transport us back to the racecourse as we bid farewell to our new friends.
After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. This has meant he can still pick up the microphone to inform travellers and encourage friendly banter while on tour.
Jimmy has a wealth of experience and uses this to ensure all trips with Take It Easy Tours are well organised, informative, diverse and a whole heap of fun.
Yes, it would be our pleasure. We can arrange for you to be picked up and returned to your front door at the conclusion of any tour.
We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. It just puts your mind at ease. Remember to make sure you are covered for and loss of personal possessions, sickness, accidents or travel delays. Feel free to ask us for any tips to make this quick and easy for you.
We are called Take it Easy for a reason as we like to do just that. Do as much or as little as you like - after all it's your holiday! However, there is walking and various activities on each tour that require various levels of fitness. Please check with us if you are unsure about anything and relax knowing that there's always another option for you if you would rather miss out on any activity. We always have a back up plan.
Please just let us know in advance and we will sort everything for you. Chefs are used to all sorts now when it comes to diet so as long as we know - we’ll have you covered.
Cancellation charges do apply so again we recommend travel insurance. Our cancellation policy is clearly outlined for each tour so make sure you cast your eye over it and please feel free to ask any questions.
Having a good night's rest after a day out touring is very important so we personally choose all of our accommodation. Generally, four star accommodation when available - with all the comforts you need for a relaxed night.
Our buses are quality touring coaches that are very comfortable and fully air conditioned. They range in size from 19-28 seats ensuring that we can easily access all those secret spots off the beaten track. All vehicles are regularly serviced as your safety is our priority.
Coaches and luggage trailers are always locked and secure but we recommended you take any valuables with you when staying overnight.
Yes, you can earn airpoints with Take It Easy Tours when we are using Air New Zealand flights. All you need to do is get in contact with us and let us know your airpoints number for each time you wish to earn points.
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