We travel by Coach to Auckland to fly into Claris for our 3 day, 2 nights stay where we are met by Steve our driver-guide and head off to explore the southern end of the island.
On day 2 we travel to Whangaparapara 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. Our last day sees Steve pick us up this morning and head off to the Hot Springs Track for a 10-minute bush-walk to explore a stunning 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. 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 coaching home.
Overnights: Great Barrier Lodge x 2