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Aotea Great Barrier Island Escape - Moa Tours

This is a real escape to a stunning part of our country many Kiwis haven't been and somewhere everyone who goes falls in love with. A five day adventure from Auckland to stunning Aotea Great Barrier Island, one of the Hauraki Gulf's real gems. The tour includes the wonderful return scenic flight to Aotea Great Barrier Island. Enjoy a leisurely holiday exploring the bush lined roads, coastline and harbours in our own MoaTours coach. You'll love the opportunity to meet local artisans, guides and island personalities.

Departures: 03, 08, 13 January, 1 March, 1 April 2022


Day 1: Auckland – Claris –  Tryphena

We take a scenic flight over the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to Claris. Drive in our coach to Puriri Bay to meet Marion for lunch at her Elephant Craft Gallery and later meet Peter and Fenella at Black Cow Gallery nearby. We stay in relaxed, island style acommodation at Sunset Waterfront Lodge and Shoal Bay Estate for four nights. * Note: Your accommodation on Great Barrier may not have an exclusive ensuite bathroom.

Day 2: Tryphena – Okupu, Blind Bay - Whangaparapara – Tryphena

With guide, Russell Scott we hear the island’s story from a local’s perspective as we explore in our coach. First we visit Okupu, Blind Bay, a large, open sandy bay and a favourite with dolphins. At Whangaparapara the tiny museum records how this peaceful harbour was once home to gold and silver mining, timber milling and the last whaling station. On the way back to Tryphena we meet Nikki at Great Barrier Active Honey to sample their Manuka and Bush honey. We return to Shoal Bay in the late afternoon and dine at Shoal Bay this evening. 

Day 3: Tryphena – Port FitzRoy – Okiwi Passion – Tryphena

Today we head over the ranges from Tryphena to Claris and on to Port FitzRoy to meet local skipper and personality Chris. We call into Glenfern Sanctuary's jetty to meet Brad and Bridget and hear the story of this 83 hectare Regional Park and how it came to be the main gateway to the predator fenced 240ha Kotuku Peninsula. We cruise out on his launch to discover the inlets of this favourite sheltering place and lunch on board at Kaikoura Island. Returning to Port FitzRoy we head over to Okiwi to meet Gerald and Caity at Okiwi Passion who show us around their organic gardens. We return to Tryphena in the late afternoon and dine out this evening.

Day 4: Relaxing around Tryphena Harbour

A day to relax and enjoy Island time. We explore around Tryphena with our local guide – sit back in a deck chair and fish off Tryphena wharf and wander the local beaches. Enjoy a leisurely BBQ lunch at Shoal Bay Estate and some free time this afternoon. 

Later in the day call into the local Irish Pub on the way to dinner hosted by Val and Francis at Shoal Bay Estate.

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 meet Vivian at her sculpture gallery in Claris and visit the Community Heritage and Art Village and museum. 

In the mid afternoon we catch our flight back to Auckland.

Single supplement available on request
MoaTours holidays are designed especially for mature travellers

Travel Dates

For travel 3 Jan 2022 - 1 Apr 2022

*per person, twin share

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  • Accommodation: 4 nights standard accommodation- Shoal Bay estate OR Sunset Waterfront Lodge;  Note - accommodation on Great Barrier may not have an exclusive ensuite bathroom. 
  • Trip Leader: Knowledgeable MoaTours guide. 
  • Transport: Return flights from Auckland, comfortable air-conditioned motorcoach (max 18 travellers).
  • Meals: All meals including a  special lunch with Marion at Elephant Gallery and all dinners privately hosted by Val and Francis at Shoal Bay Estate. 
  • Activities & Attractions: Port Fitzroy Cruise; Visit Glenfern Sanctuary; visit Okiwi Passion Organix Gardens; visit Great Barrier Active Honey; visit Milk, Grain & Honey Museum; visit Black Cow Gallery and Shoal Bay Pottery;  

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