We will now be staying 4 days, 3 nights on this tour to Great Barrier Island.
We travel by Coach to Auckland to fly into Claris for our 4 day, 3 night stay where we are met by Steve our driver-guide and head off to explore the central part of the island.
On day 2 we wander down to the Wharf where we board ‘Sundancer’ for our spectacular coastal cruise. We disembark at the Glenfern Sanctuary – FitzRoy House which sits on the water’s edge and is home for kaka parrots, wood pigeons and banded rail etc. We will then 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.
Day 3 sees us discover Tryphena and head off to the Kaitoke Hot Springs after lunch. We walk the track for a 10-minute bush-walk to explore a stunning Nikau Palm grove then another 40 minutes onto the springs. (A certain level of fitness is required for the walk to the springs.)
On day 4 we explore the Okupu Harbour area to check out the ancient Pohutukawa trees and then tour around to the ‘forgotten wharf’ at Blind Bay. We enjoy our lodge supplied picnic lunch on the shores of a privately owned beach before making our way back to ‘civilization’ and our flight back to Auckland and coaching home.
Overnights: Great Barrier Lodge x 3