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Great Barrier Island

A World Of Its Own

Great Barrier Island

Experience life off the grid

It's crazy, but it's true, a scenic 30 minute flight is all it takes to transport yourself back in time to a very special and unique part of New Zealand.

Situated on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand's only National Marine Park, Great Barrier Island is a mere 90 kilometres from Auckland City - but a world away from your typical holiday destination. Over 70% of the land is protected Conservation Park and with night skies rated 'second to none'... the whole island is a Dark Sky Sanctuary.

To visit Great Barrier Island is to experience life off the grid, under the radar and on the edge... it really is a world of its own!

Join us as we explore this tranquil island paradise from top to bottom and everything in between by land, sea and air!

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4th - 8th November 2024

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What’s included?

4 Nights
All activities stated in itinerary
Plane, Bus and Boat
Expert local guide
All meals stated in itinerary
Moderate level of fitness

Tour highlights

Itinerary

Day 1

Whanganui / Home – Great Barrier Island

Whanganui / Home (November 4th)

If departing from Whanganui, meet at the Whanganui Racecourse for an early 6:00am departure and travel to Whanganui Airport to catch our flight to Auckland. 

Departing from another destination

For those departing from another destination you will fly into or meet us in Auckland. All tickets and details will be provided in your personal information pack, sent  prior to travel.

Great Barrier island

On arrival at Claris airport we will be met by our host, Leigh. Have a meet and greet then visit the Milk, Honey, and Grain, museum.  We then go on and have a stroll along Medlands Beach, a beautiful scenic surf Beach, before grabbing a bite to eat for lunch.  Following this we head South and over Medlands hill to the West Coast of the Island to Tryphena, where our accommodation awaits. We will have time to unpack our bags and get familiar with our surroundings before staying on-site for our first group dinner which is bbq style hosted by our mates Lynley and Leigh who own the lodge. 

Great Barrier Island is a world renowned designated Night Sky Sanctuary.  This evening you will also be treated to a Night sky experience, where you will be given a guided tour of the night sky. A truly memorable experience before we head back to our lodge and rest our heads for the night.

Accommodation: Sunset Waterfront Lodge

Day 2

Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island (November 5th)

After a peaceful night we rise for breakfast before we are transferred to Whangaparapara wharf where we meet Chris, the Captain and owner of Sundancer

Aboard Sundancer  explore the West Coast of Great Barrier on a 4 -5 hour cruise from Whangaparapara to Port Fitzroy. See the remains of the whaling station and timber mill locations, cruise through the Broken Islands while enjoying morning tea. See the  spectacular coastline, and the Man O' War entrance to beautiful Port Fitzroy Harbour. Occasionally dolphin encounters are experienced during the cruise. A picnic lunch is provided on board.  You will disembark at Glenfern Sanctuary opposite Port Fitzroy wharf. 

On the way back to our accommodation we will visit the spectacular Windy Canyon for an easy 15-20 minute walk each way to the lookout and get some great photos of the beautiful beaches. We’ll stop for afternoon tea before some down time or a chance for a leisurely walk before heading out for dinner together.

After a great meal it's time to turn in for the night or maybe have a sneaky nightcap before bed.

Accommodation: Sunset Waterfront Lodge


Day 3

Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island (November 6th)

Enjoy another superb continental breakfast before another day enjoying what the Barrier has to offer.

First up we visit Visit Jaques Haven, meet Jaque and have a personal tour of the Haven he has created just behind the Claris Police Station, a micro climate with a variety of fruit tree’s, bird life & bees.  Morning tea is on a tranquil deck in the middle of his little haven.

Take a lunch break at a local cafe then go to Blind Bay and the hidden wharf at Okupu, driving through a stand of ancient Pohutukawa that enclose the road edge around the bay.

On the drive back to Tryphena we will call into the Art Gallery & Museum in Claris.

Enjoy some more time on the island as a group before another great meal and an enjoyable evening together.

Accommodation: Sunset Waterfront Lodge

Day 4

Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island (November 7th)

We have another hearty breakfast and then get set for a really special visit.

Head over to the local school and share morning tea with the teachers, students and principal. The students will lead you around the school and show you their way of life on the island. 

After lunch we walk into the Kaitoke Hot Springs,  (45 minute relatively flat forest walk each way – bring your togs if you wish) or dunk your feet into the thermal water. (Please note this walk is not compulsory) and there is a shorter walk if you’d prefer not to go to far into the bush.

After a memorable walk we’ll make our way to Island Gin for an interesting tour of the distillery and for those keen a chance to sample the product. 

We head back to our lodge and have some time to soak up this part of the island for a final time before heading out for our last group dinner which is sure to come with laughs a plenty and some good banter as we share stories of the fun we’ve had together on Great Barrier Island.

Accommodation: Sunset Waterfront Lodge

Day 5

Great Barrier Island - Home

Great Barrier Island (November 8th)

This morning after breakfast we collect our bags and get ready to farewell the Island but we still have a few things to do first.

There is a chance to feed the eels who live close to our lodge before we visit Shoal Bay pottery and a lookout point over the Colville channel to the Coromandel Peninsula and south to Matarangi and the Mercury Islands.

We will explore Tryphena a little more and if time permits call into the Elephant and  Black Cow galleries in Puriri Bay.

We will either dine in at Pa Beach café, or get a takeaway lunch and eat at one of the local beaches before being taken back to Claris airport for our return flight to Auckland.

Home

Once we land in Auckland we will have time to relax and grab yourself a bite to eat before checking in for our flight back home landing at 7:20pm.

Note: For those travelling anywhere else arrangements can be made to get you home safely. 

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Meet your tour guide

Jason Granville

After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. With now over a decade behind the wheel Jason ensures every tour will leave you with a lifetime of memorable expereinces.

Reserve your spot

$500
 
initial deposit
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$3,195
 
per person

There is limited availability for this tour. Please contact us to find out more.

Frequently asked questions

Can you collect me from my door?

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.

How about travel insurance?

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.

How active are your tours?

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.

I have some dietary requirements?

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.

What happens if I have to cancel?

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.

What kind of accommodation do we stay in?

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.

What types of transport do we use?

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.

Can I earn Air New Zealanad airpoints on my flights?

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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