Day 1: Auckland
Airport - Claris Airport, Great Barrier Island
Domestic flight Auckland to Great Barrier Island: The flight duration is 30 min (see details in terms & conditions).
Arrive at Claris Airport, Great Barrier Island. Collect your rental car (Toyota Rav 4, or Nissan XTrail).
Great Barrier Island is unique, with its own special atmosphere. It is an outdoor destination where you can enjoy tramping and meeting locals in pubs, restaurants and at the Great Barrier Lodge on Friday evening during the Happy Hour. The island, population just under 1000 permanent residents, features the most beautiful North Island scenery: white sand beaches, tidal bays, canyons and rocky hills covered with native bush. Numerous walking tracks are available to explore this untouched paradise. Be aware that due to the remote location of the island, food and basic products are more expensive on Great Barrier Island. If possible, bring a few essentials with you, also you’ll find convenient stores in Claris and Tryphena and a local pub offering great food at a reasonable price (Currach Irish Pub). Petrol is slightly more expensive too.
Tryphena is a harbour located at the south west end of the island. Surrounded by hills and sheltered from the wind, it’s the most populated area of the island. You'll find a few walks, a swimming beach and an amazing local atmosphere if you happen to hang out at the pub.
Great Barrier Lodge - Experience the peace and tranquillity of Great Barrier Island right at your doorstep. The Lodge overlooks the beautiful Whangaparapara Harbour with fabulous views from absolute waterfront suites surrounded by spectacular bush clad scenery.
Day 2: Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Cruise: If an exhilarating cruise along Great Barrier Islands most beautiful stretch of coastline, invigorating fresh sea air, dolphin encounters and stunning scenery sounds appealing - then this is the cruise for you. It includes sightseeing in the Whangaparapara Harbour before heading up through the amazing Broken Islands and into the Man O' War Passage entrance to Port Fitzroy Harbour. A delicious on-board lunch will be prepared and served in a sheltered bay before your return cruise to Whangaparapara.
Bring swimming suits, towels, sunscreen, jacket, camera
Day 3: Great Barrier Island
Day to explore on your own and relax.
Included Stargazing Group Evening Experience:
Meet your local guide in a stunning, dark sky island location. Lean back in a comfy moon chair, hear the waves lap against the shore, look up and see the thousands of stars visible in a Dark Sky Sanctuary. Your guide will draw constellations in the sky, while you enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or herbal tea. There is so much to see!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Day 4: Great Barrier Island
Day to explore on your own and relax.
Regional optional highlight:
Kaitoke Walk & Hot Springs: is one of the major attractions of the island. Allow a half an hour drive from Tryphena and 15 min from Claris Airport. After 3 kms on Whangaparapara Rd, a sign indicates the start of the walk. You’ll reach the hot springs after 45 min walking through the Kaitoke wetlands and a regenerating bush featuring nikau and kanuka. There is not a lot of infrastructure, but a natural pool allows you to rest and relax in the hot water.
Day 5: Claris Airport- Auckland Airport
Drop off car at airport.
Domestic flight from Great Barrier Island to Auckland: Flight duration is 30 minutes.
Photocredit: Scott Venning
Valid from Jun 1, 2021
Expires Sep 30, 2021
Bookings essential. Book within 5 days of purchase or by 30 August 2021, whichever occurs first. Subject to availability. Flights from Auckland included Flights departing from Tauranga, Hamilton, Whangarei add NZ$285pp. Valid travel dates: 1 June - 30 September 2021. Must be used in 1 visit. Deal valid for one person on a twin share basis i.e. two vouchers must be purchased at this price. Includes: Return flights Auckland—Great Barrier Island, 5 days SUV Car Rental with unlimited kms, 4 nights accommodation and breakfasts, Stargazing Dark Sky Experience, and Great Barrier harbour and Broken Islands cruise, Vehicle hire includes Toyota Rav4 or Nissan X Trail, pickup Claris Airport (Great Barrier Island) return, unlimited kilometres, standard insurance and 24h back-up service. Vehicle hire does not include fuel and excludes the first NZ$3200 (deductible) of any accident damage to the vehicle (optional full insurance recommended). Please note that this amount will not be debited from your credit card, but a pre-authorisation will be obtained for the total amount of the excess. The bond is fully refundable provided the vehicle is returned on time to the correct location, undamaged, with a clean interior and with a full fuel tank. Please note that underbody or roof damage is not covered by any insurance options. Domestic flight is 30 minutes, check-in baggage allowance is 18 kg, $3 per extra kg. Please advise at time of quoting whether clients are needing any additional night’s accommodation pre or post package in Auckland. Excludes anything not specifically mentioned in the itinerary. Travel insurance recommended. Value of deal is based on current rates, which are subject to change. Once booked, package is non changeable and non refundable. No refunds unless required by law. While stocks last. No cashback. Not to be used with other offers.
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