GREAT BARRIER ISLAND incl. Dark Sky Tour and Whangaparapara to Port FitzRoy Cruise

Code GBI-2020
Duration 4 days 3 nights

This is undoubtedly the BEST GBI tour we have put together! Great Barrier (Aotea) is 88km from the mainland and is the largest island in the Hauraki Gulf. It may be fairly close but it's a world away: A dark sky sanctuary, one of only three in the world. This tour includes the Dark Sky Tour, a stay in a wonderful waterfront lodge and a cruise aboard the MV Sundancer.

$1,632 Twin Share  Includes Door to Door Shuttles.  Three nights Accommodation with 3x Breakfasts, 3x Dinners and 2x Lunches.  Flights North Shore/Claris/North Shore.  SHIP ‘n SHORE Bus Transport on Great Barrier Island, 3 hour Scenic Cruise, Dark Sky and Glenfern Sanctuary Guided Tours.  1x Single Room and 1x Triple Room available.  A deposit of $400 Per Person is required to secure this booking with balance of payment due 4 weeks prior to travel, by Mon 20th Jan 2020.           Contact SHIP ‘n SHORE Tours for a Detailed Itinerary

 

Day One
Day One

Great Barrier (Aotea) is 88km from the mainland and is the largest island in the Hauraki Gulf.  It’s a rugged and scenic island, with crystal clear waters.  Named by Captain Cook, he regarded the island as the guardian or barrier to the Hauraki Gulf.  Because there are no possums on the island, the native bush is lush.  Although easily reached from Auckland, Great Barrier seems a world away.  The island has no supermarket, no electricity supply (only private generators and solar panels), no main drainage (only septic tanks), most of the roads are unsealed and fuel costs are high.  There are no banks or street lights.  Great Barrier Island resembles life in NZ, many decades back.   It’s a wild, untamed and very special place with its own rules, and is a definite breath of fresh air for visitors.  To top all this off, in 2017 Great Barrier Island became only one of three ‘Dark Sky’ sanctuaries in the world, with the best darkness readings!

Day One:  A midday 30-minute flight from North Shore to Claris, before settling into our home for the next three nights - Sunset Waterfront Lodge, Tryphena.  Dinner at the Currach Irish Pub.  

Day Two
Day Two

Explore the northern end of the island – We drive to Whangaparapara Harbour to board MV ‘Sundancer’ – we see the historic Whaling Station before heading through the Broken Islands and Man o War Passage, which takes us into the vast Port FitzRoy Harbour.  We visit Barrier Gold Honey on our way to Karaka Bay where we disembark at Orama Community, for Lunch.  Next we enter the predator proof fence of Glenfern Sanctuary.  We 4WD to the top of Sunset Rock (awesome views from Tony Bozzaid’s memorial) and walk through native bush.  Barrier Fish ‘n Chips tonight. 

Day Three
Day Three

Swim at Medlands Beach before crossing the island to stop at Okupu and Puriri Bay wharves, with Lunch at Pah Beach Cafe.  We visit Elephant Gallery, Shoal Bay Pottery and Tryphena Wharf.  Tonight we dine with the locals at the Barrier Social Club.  After dark, we join the girls at Good Heavens to begin a night of wonder gazing at constellations, planets, the Magellanic Clouds, the Moon or the Milky Way.  Telescope, night binoculars, chairs, rugs, hot drinks and cake all supplied – Ron and I were pretty luke warm about this, but when we saw Pluto with three moons we were totally hooked!  Take advantage of the best conditions in the world, right on our doorstep!  

Day Four
Day Four

On our way to the airport we visit the Milk, Honey and Grain Museum before our return flight back to the North Shore.  Our SHIP ‘n SHORE Shuttles will be waiting to transfer us home.   

Ship 'n Shore Tours and Cruises specialise in fully escorted 'Day and Away' tours for retirees, featuring a free door-to-door pick up service for Hibiscus Coast and North Shore residents (others by arrangement). 
A one day outing or away for several?  Regular newsletters offer variety, making the decision to travel on your own or as a couple an easy one.  

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