Aotea Great Barrier Island Escape

Aotea Great Barrier Island Escape

5 day Great Barrier Island small group tour

Escape to this real gem in the Hauraki Gulf, somewhere that everyone who goes falls in love with. The tour includes the wonderful return flight, a scenic highlight. Enjoy a leisurely holiday exploring bush lined roads, the beaches and harbours in our own MoaTours coach. You’ll love the opportunity to meet local artisans, guides and island personalities.

WHAT TRACY LOVES ABOUT THIS TOUR: Aotea / Great Barrier Island has it all – a stunning coastline and rugged ranges and, best of all, friendly, welcoming locals. It’s so close, just a 30 minute flight from Auckland, yet another world away. The bush, the birds and the beaches – it’s paradise and somewhere you want to return to again and again.
  • $3,090 (NZD) pp twin
  • $3,590 (NZD) pp single

Day 1

Auckland – Claris – Tryphena

We start our tour on a real high with a scenic flight from Auckland airport over the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to Claris on Aotea Great Barrier Island. Our Kiwi Guide meets you at the airfield and in our own coach we head over to the Sugarloaf to lunch with Christina at the Boars Nest.

Above Tryphena we meet Marion at Elephant Craft Gallery and call into Peter and Fenella’s Black Cow Gallery. We stay in relaxed, island style Sunset Waterfront Lodge and Shoal Bay Estate and dine with Val and Francis.

  • The stunning flight over the Hauraki Gulf to Aotea Great Barrier
  • Meeting Christina over lunch at the Boars Nest

Accommodation

Shoal Bay Estate

SHOAL BAY ESTATE & SUNSET WATERFRONT LODGE

Staying on Aotea Great Barrier Island is a real escape from everyday life. It’s such an “off the beaten track” spot that we have to split our group over two hosts. Both are located in the Tryphena area for guests to enjoy the tranquility of the nearby deserted beaches, relaxing rustic decor, outstanding food and harbour views. 

What we love about Shoal Bay Estate & Sunset
Waterfront Lodge – It feels like we’re staying with old friends, Val and Francis host us for dinner in their home, Shoal Bay Estate.

About our Great Barrier Accommodation:
Visiting the island is different than travelling to other parts of New Zealand. There are simply no large hotels or even motels on the island, all the options here are small and locally run. For this reason we split our groups between Shoal Bay Estate and Sunset Waterfront Lodge. We all love the laid back and relaxed atmosphere, especially those of us who live in cities, but we can’t expect every single amenity the city offers on “the island”.

The accommodation at Shoal Bay Estate does not have an exclusive ensuite bathroom and is the only exception in our entire tour programme of 27 itineraries.

Day 2

Tryphena - Okupu, Blind Bay - Whangaparapara - Tryphena

We explore with our local guide and hear the island’s stories from a local’s perspective. We visit Okupu, Blind Bay, a large sandy bay and a favourite with dolphins, and peaceful Whangaparapara Harbour, once home to gold and silver mining, timber milling and the last whaling station.

Then there’s the option to walk with your local guide along the stunning trail to Kaitoke Hot Springs (40 minutes each way) and perhaps take a dip. We return to Tryphena and dine at Shoal Bay this evening. 

  • Meeting our local guide and hearing his stories
  • Visiting beautiful Whangaparapara Harbour 

Accommodation

Shoal Bay Estate

SHOAL BAY ESTATE & SUNSET WATERFRONT LODGE

Staying on Aotea Great Barrier Island is a real escape from everyday life. It’s such an “off the beaten track” spot that we have to split our group over two hosts. Both are located in the Tryphena area for guests to enjoy the tranquility of the nearby deserted beaches, relaxing rustic decor, outstanding food and harbour views. 

What we love about Shoal Bay Estate & Sunset
Waterfront Lodge – It feels like we’re staying with old friends, Val and Francis host us for dinner in their home, Shoal Bay Estate.

About our Great Barrier Accommodation:
Visiting the island is different than travelling to other parts of New Zealand. There are simply no large hotels or even motels on the island, all the options here are small and locally run. For this reason we split our groups between Shoal Bay Estate and Sunset Waterfront Lodge. We all love the laid back and relaxed atmosphere, especially those of us who live in cities, but we can’t expect every single amenity the city offers on “the island”.

The accommodation at Shoal Bay Estate does not have an exclusive ensuite bathroom and is the only exception in our entire tour programme of 27 itineraries.

Day 3

Tryphena – Port FitzRoy - Okiwi Passion - Tryphena

Rugged ranges lead to Port FitzRoy where we meet Chris, our skipper and local personality. We cruise to Glenfern Sanctuary’s jetty to hear the custodian’s story of this Regional Park, gateway to predator fenced Kotuku Peninsula then explore the harbour’s inlets and lunch on board at Kaikoura Island.   

Arriving  back in Port FitzRoy, we drive to Okiwi to meet Gerald and Caity at Okiwi Passion who show us around their organic gardens that supply fresh greens to the island communityWe return to Tryphena in the late afternoon.

  • Cruise on beautiful Port FitzRoy Harbour
  • Hear the history of Glenfern Wildlife sanctuary

Accommodation

Shoal Bay Estate

SHOAL BAY ESTATE & SUNSET WATERFRONT LODGE

Staying on Aotea Great Barrier Island is a real escape from everyday life. It’s such an “off the beaten track” spot that we have to split our group over two hosts. Both are located in the Tryphena area for guests to enjoy the tranquility of the nearby deserted beaches, relaxing rustic decor, outstanding food and harbour views. 

What we love about Shoal Bay Estate & Sunset
Waterfront Lodge – It feels like we’re staying with old friends, Val and Francis host us for dinner in their home, Shoal Bay Estate.

About our Great Barrier Accommodation:
Visiting the island is different than travelling to other parts of New Zealand. There are simply no large hotels or even motels on the island, all the options here are small and locally run. For this reason we split our groups between Shoal Bay Estate and Sunset Waterfront Lodge. We all love the laid back and relaxed atmosphere, especially those of us who live in cities, but we can’t expect every single amenity the city offers on “the island”.

The accommodation at Shoal Bay Estate does not have an exclusive ensuite bathroom and is the only exception in our entire tour programme of 27 itineraries.

Day 4

Relaxing around Tryphena Harbour - Claris - Honey Shop

A day to relax and enjoy Island time with our local guide – fishing off the wharf, beachcombing, admiring the wide views from the Cape Barrier Road of Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty, calling into Mulberry Grove and visiting the Community Heritage and Art Village in Claris. 

We meet Nikki at Great Barrier Active Honey to sample their Manuka and Bush honey. Later in the day we check out the Irish Pub, Currach, on the way to dinner hosted by Val and Francis at Shoal Bay Estate.

  • With our local guide check out the Community Heritage Centre
  • Relax and enjoy some island time and beach combing

Accommodation

Shoal Bay Estate

SHOAL BAY ESTATE & SUNSET WATERFRONT LODGE

Staying on Aotea Great Barrier Island is a real escape from everyday life. It’s such an “off the beaten track” spot that we have to split our group over two hosts. Both are located in the Tryphena area for guests to enjoy the tranquility of the nearby deserted beaches, relaxing rustic decor, outstanding food and harbour views. 

What we love about Shoal Bay Estate & Sunset
Waterfront Lodge – It feels like we’re staying with old friends, Val and Francis host us for dinner in their home, Shoal Bay Estate.

About our Great Barrier Accommodation:
Visiting the island is different than travelling to other parts of New Zealand. There are simply no large hotels or even motels on the island, all the options here are small and locally run. For this reason we split our groups between Shoal Bay Estate and Sunset Waterfront Lodge. We all love the laid back and relaxed atmosphere, especially those of us who live in cities, but we can’t expect every single amenity the city offers on “the island”.

The accommodation at Shoal Bay Estate does not have an exclusive ensuite bathroom and is the only exception in our entire tour programme of 27 itineraries.

Day 5

Tryphena – Medlands Beach - Claris – Auckland

We start our last day on the island with breakfast with Val at Shoal Bay Estate before heading off to stroll along Medlands Beach, a favourite spot for surfers. In Claris we catch up with Dave Watson at the Milk, Honey and Grain museum, a treasure trove of memorabilia of the early settlers. 

We celebrate our island holiday with a farewell lunch with Christina back at the Boars Nest at the Sugarloaf and visit the Community Heritage and Arts Village before catching our flight back to Auckland in the mid afternoon.

  • Stroll or swim at Medlands Beach, a favourite place for surfers
  • Catch up with Dave Watson at his unique museum

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