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4 Day Great Barrier Island Escape

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4

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$1850

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Overview

With its remote location and rugged wilderness, Great Barrier Island (Aotea) beckons with a flavour that is distinctly Kiwi. A scarcely populated island of just 900 residents off the coast of Hauraki Gulf, on the 4 day Great Barrier Island Escape hiking trip in New Zealand you will find one of the most serene places you’ll find in the South Pacific where you can truly enjoy a slow pace of life. In this island where nature reigns supreme, breathe in a lungful of warm salty breeze infused with rich forest air, and get your daily fill of exercise and adventure in its winding trails through native forest, volcanic peaks, shimmering, pristine waters and golden beaches.

Fitness

On this Great Barrier Island escape, you’ll need moderate fitness to walk trails that range in difficulty from easy, well-formed paths to moderately challenging tracks broken with rocks, tree roots and mud. Easier options can be designed by varying some walks. Each day, walks may take between 3 to 7 hours to complete. The climb over Mt. Hobson makes up your biggest day. Make sure you have lunch, water, raincoat and jersey in your daypack. We can also let you borrow good quality daypacks and raincoats.

Accommodation

The peaceful and picturesque setting of Shoal Bay, Tryphena is home to the colonial-style Shoal Bay Estate notable for its quaint, country-style interior décor and harbour views. Soak up the sunshine in one of the many private decks, or cool off under the ample shade of big Pohutukawa trees. You can choose to stay in either a double or twin room with shared bathroom facilities, or if you’re travelling solo, book a single supplement. Enjoy breakfast and dinner served in the lodge dining room. The tour includes all meals, snacks and nibbles. Dinner comes with complimentary drinks. Additional drinks are available for purchase.

Departures

From late October to April, our Great Barrier Island Escape trips depart several times a month. You may also meet us at the Great Barrier airport after flying in from Auckland airport. We can arrange to have your flights booked for you, and recommend that you book well in advance to take advantage of the most convenient timed flights.

Please contact us if none of these dates fit your requirements. More departures may be added and allow us to offer exclusive trips for groups. In winter, this trip can be booked on demand, so let us know if you need more information.

Great Barrier Island Escape

Great Barrier Island Escape

Great Barrier Island Escape

Great Barrier Island Escape

Great Barrier Island Escape

Great Barrier Island Escape

Great Barrier Island Escape

Great Barrier Island Escape

Great Barrier Island Escape

Itinerary

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Day 1Southern Shores3-4 hours walking (L,D)

The breathtaking flight over Auckland and the turquoise, island-studded waters of the Hauraki Gulf sets the scene for a remarkable trip! Your friendly Walking Legends guide greets you as you step off the plane – welcome to paradise!

We head west to Whangaparapara and the Te Ahumata Track. Follow an old mining road, marvel at wind shorn bonsai-like plants and try to spot orchids at the summit. It’s all views, views, views from atop the white cliffs.

After lunch we head down to explore the beautiful southern coast. Explore the ‘Whalers Lookout’ track, aptly named for its’ advantageous viewpoints – perfect for spotting Brydes whales.

Settle in to our charming lodge for aperitifs on the deck overlooking the tranquil harbour.

Day 2Heart & Soul - Mt Hobson6-7 hours walking (B,L,D)

Stride through ‘Windy Canyon’ in the central mountainous area of Great Barrier to the summit of Mt Hobson. This challenging track is a combination of easy walking trails, steep climbs, stairways and bridges. Traverse a range of spectacular landscapes… streams lined with beautiful native bush, peaceful wetlands and forests of kauri, rimu, kahikatea and more. Discover the historical remains of the early Kauri industry.

At 621 metres and the highest point of the island, the 360 degree views from the summit of Mt Hobson are worth the climb! Walk through the preciously fragile Kaitoke Wetlands where delicate orchids and sundews sprinkle either side of the track. Listen out for the distinctive “u-tick” call of the rare fernbird or spotless crake, the presence of which indicates high wetland health and abundance of food sources.

Finish off this sensational hike with a rejuvenating soak in a natural hotpool.

Day 3Northern Shores5 hours walking (B,L,D)

Travelling north we start our day driving into the spectacular scenery of Port Fitzroy a stunning combination of crystal clear water and bush covered hills. Enjoy swing bridges and glorious Nikau forests on the half day walk down to Bush’s beach.

Next up, Warren’s creek track, gently climbs to a waterfall. There are deep swimming pools in the stream, surrounded by kauri and nikau forests. After lunch we head to the largest white sand beach on the island, where a spectacular coastal walk reveals fascinating coastal bird life and shipwreck history. Take a dip in the Pacific or stretch out on the sand and soak up the island’s natural beauty.

This evening we might head to the pub to share a beer with some locals, or take a stroll along the harbour waterfront.

Day 4Left of Centre3-4 hours walking (B,L)

Begin your last day on Aotea with a beautiful trail that follows a central ridgeline, offering views of both coasts, while strolling through gorgeous puriri trees and nikau palms. That spectacular white sand beach you saw on your flight in is one of our final destinations, Medlands Beach. Share a moment on Memory Rock, before exploring the rock pools or walking the beautiful white sands.

Depending on how the body is feeling at this point, you can do some more walking along the old tramline track to see the serene Kauri falls or we can leave you to relax in the local art gallery / café to soak up the island atmosphere one last time before your flight home.

Your guide will drop you off at the Great Barrier airport in time for a 5pm flight back to reality / the mainland.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Southern Shores3-4 hours walking (L,D)

The breathtaking flight over Auckland and the turquoise, island-studded waters of the Hauraki Gulf sets the scene for a remarkable trip! Your friendly Walking Legends guide greets you as you step off the plane – welcome to paradise!

We head west to Whangaparapara and the Te Ahumata Track. Follow an old mining road, marvel at wind shorn bonsai-like plants and try to spot orchids at the summit. It’s all views, views, views from atop the white cliffs.

After lunch we head down to explore the beautiful southern coast. Explore the ‘Whalers Lookout’ track, aptly named for its’ advantageous viewpoints – perfect for spotting Brydes whales.

Settle in to our charming lodge for aperitifs on the deck overlooking the tranquil harbour.

Day 2Heart & Soul - Mt Hobson6-7 hours walking (B,L,D)

Stride through ‘Windy Canyon’ in the central mountainous area of Great Barrier to the summit of Mt Hobson. This challenging track is a combination of easy walking trails, steep climbs, stairways and bridges. Traverse a range of spectacular landscapes… streams lined with beautiful native bush, peaceful wetlands and forests of kauri, rimu, kahikatea and more. Discover the historical remains of the early Kauri industry.

At 621 metres and the highest point of the island, the 360 degree views from the summit of Mt Hobson are worth the climb! Walk through the preciously fragile Kaitoke Wetlands where delicate orchids and sundews sprinkle either side of the track. Listen out for the distinctive “u-tick” call of the rare fernbird or spotless crake, the presence of which indicates high wetland health and abundance of food sources.

Finish off this sensational hike with a rejuvenating soak in a natural hotpool.

Day 3Northern Shores5 hours walking (B,L,D)

Travelling north we start our day driving into the spectacular scenery of Port Fitzroy a stunning combination of crystal clear water and bush covered hills. Enjoy swing bridges and glorious Nikau forests on the half day walk down to Bush’s beach.

Next up, Warren’s creek track, gently climbs to a waterfall. There are deep swimming pools in the stream, surrounded by kauri and nikau forests. After lunch we head to the largest white sand beach on the island, where a spectacular coastal walk reveals fascinating coastal bird life and shipwreck history. Take a dip in the Pacific or stretch out on the sand and soak up the island’s natural beauty.

This evening we might head to the pub to share a beer with some locals, or take a stroll along the harbour waterfront.

Day 4Left of Centre3-4 hours walking (B,L)

Begin your last day on Aotea with a beautiful trail that follows a central ridgeline, offering views of both coasts, while strolling through gorgeous puriri trees and nikau palms. That spectacular white sand beach you saw on your flight in is one of our final destinations, Medlands Beach. Share a moment on Memory Rock, before exploring the rock pools or walking the beautiful white sands.

Depending on how the body is feeling at this point, you can do some more walking along the old tramline track to see the serene Kauri falls or we can leave you to relax in the local art gallery / café to soak up the island atmosphere one last time before your flight home.

Your guide will drop you off at the Great Barrier airport in time for a 5pm flight back to reality / the mainland.

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