GREAT BARRIER ISLAND ESCAPE

Enter a place of remote beauty and rugged wilderness, with a distinctive Kiwi flavour. An island where nature is king.

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • IMPORTANT INFO

DAYS

4

KM

30 - 40

MILES

18 - 24

DIFFICULTY

3/5

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge

PRICE

$1850

Under 15 yrs 1000 NZD

WALKING SEASON

Oct-Apr

WALKING TOUR SUMMARY

Great Barrier Island (Aotea) is a place of remote beauty and rugged wilderness, with a distinctive Kiwi flavour. With just 900 residents, it is one of the most tranquil and laid-back places you’ll find in the South Pacific. The warm salty breeze mingled with the rich forest air makes every breath a pleasure, while it’s winding trails through volcanic peaks, native forests, golden beaches and crystal-clear waters ensure your daily quota of exercise and adventure. On Great Barrier Island, Nature is King.

  • 4 days / 3 nights all-inclusive* New Zealand walking holiday
  • 4-7 hours hiking each day over varied terrain
  • Carry a day pack only
  • Includes: meals, snacks and wine; 3.5 star boutique lodge accommodation; all transport on the island; raincoats & day packs; experienced guides
  • Join a small group, or have an exclusive trip for your own group
  • 30 minute scenic flight from Auckland; *return flights are additional and are not included in the walk price. (We can book flights for you, this is part of our reservation service at no extra cost to you)

“Can’t recommend this highly enough. A wonderful 4 days on Great Barrier walking some great tracks.” 

 

An island where nature is king. Enter a place of remote beauty and rugged wilderness, with a distinctive Kiwi flavour.

DAY 1

Auckland to Great Barrier Island

Greet your Walking Legends guide at 10:30am at the Claris Airport, Great Barrier Island for an 11am start. Come dressed ready to start walking straight away, with a full water bottle. For information on getting to the island see below. First, we head west to Whangaparapara and warm ourselves up on the Te Ahumata/White Cliffs Track. We’ll follow an old mining road through wind shorn, bonsai-like plants and hunt for rare orchids at the summit.

Te Ahumata’s central location gives us a great viewing opportunity to orientate ourselves from the top of the white cliffs!

After a nutritious picnic lunch we head down to explore the beautiful southern coast. From the ‘Whalers Lookout’ track, aptly named for its’ advantageous viewpoints we’ll have the chance to spot Brydes ‘Broodus’ whales lolloping out in the Hauraki Gulf.

Then we’ll get settled into our lodge, put our feet up with a cold glass of something on the deck overlooking Tryphena harbour and share a grazing platter of fresh fruits and cheeses as the sun goes down.

Our lodge hosts treat us to a delicious 2-course, Kiwi style meal using locally grown produce and home-made condiments.

DAY 2

Heart & Soul: Mt Hobson

We begin the best hiking trail on the island today with a stroll through the mossy ravines of ‘Windy Canyon.’ This is the Aotea Track and will lead us up to the summit of Mt Hobson/Hirakimata. This spectacular track is a combination of easy walking trails; short, steep climbs; stairways and bridges. We’ll traverse a range of unique, biologically diverse landscapes; streams lined with beautiful native bush, peaceful wetlands full of rare birdlife, forests of kauri, rimu and kahikatea. Discover the historical remains of the early kauri-logging industry and witness firsthand the healthy regeneration of these pristine forests.

At 621m, Mt. Hobson is the highest point of Great Barrier Island. The 360° views from the summit 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 series of naturally formed, cascading hot water rock pools framed by lush native bush canopy.

DAY 3

Northern Shores

Travelling north, we start our day amongst 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 secluded Bush’s Beach.

Next, we tackle Warren’s Creek Track with a gentle climb 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 shore bird colonies and tells the story of a devastating shipwreck. Take a dip in the Pacific or stretch out on the glistening sand and soak up the island’s natural beauty.

This evening we like to head to the lively local Irish pub for a hearty meal and to share a beer with some island characters.

DAY 4

Left of Centre

We begin our last day on Aotea with a beautiful trail that follows a central ridgeline, offering views of both golden coasts, through gorgeous puriri trees and nikau palms. That spectacular white sand beach we saw on our flight in is one of our final destinations, Medlands Beach. Share a reflective moment on Memory Rock, before exploring the rock pools, walking the beautiful white sands or hunting for signs of early human habitation around the bouldered base.

If the legs are still feeling fresh, we can walk along the old tramline track to see the serene Kauri Falls, or we can relax in the local art gallery and café to soak up the island atmosphere one last time before our flight home.

We’ll say our fond farewells and deliver you to Claris Airport in time for a 5pm flight back to the mainland.

The Colonial-style Shoal Bay Estate is located in beautiful Shoal Bay, Tryphena. There are plenty of sunny, private decks to relax on, with charming interior decor and harbour views, plus large pohutukawa trees for shade. Double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Single supplement is available. Dinner and breakfast are served in the lodge dining room. All meals, snacks and nibbles are included. The lodge does not have credit card or eftpos facilities, please bring cash from the mainland if you wish to purchase additional drinks with dinner.

*During busy times we sometimes stay at Great Barrier Lodge instead, which has ensuite rooms, an on-site restaurant and bar.

We supply

  • Generous, nutritious meals full of fresh, local produce; packed picnic lunches with the best sandwiches you’ve ever eaten, trail snacks & chocolate; fresh fruit, hot & cold drinks
  • Two complimentary glasses of crisp Kiwi wine or craft beer per person, each evening; you can purchase more with dinner if you wish – please bring cash for this
  • Bed linen, bath towels, pillows & blankets
  • Toilet paper, soap & hand sanitiser

What else do you need to know?

  • There are no drying rooms available but plenty of wide, covered verandahs for drying wet gear
  • Specialty diets; we can cater for a wide range of food allergies and specialty diets with sufficient advance notice. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific dietary needs and we’ll make sure you’re well taken care of!
  • Accommodation is based on a twin-share arrangement; if you’d rather have a private room, a single supplement fee of $200 NZD applies (this is for the whole trip, not $200 each night)
  • The lodge has power outlets next to all beds so CPAP machines are easily accommodated
  • Sorry, the use of drones is not permitted
  • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol if you wish; we ask that you drink responsibly
  • Non-walkers are more than welcome to join us! There are plenty of activities to be done that don’t involve walking, please enquire with our friendly reservations team for more information

FAQ

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I’m Travelling Solo – Who Will I Be Sharing a Room With?
The accommodation on our tours is based on twin…
croppedimage630338-Girls-Barrier
Fitness
Moderate fitness is required for the Great Barrier Island…
croppedimage630338-IMG4247-low-res
Should I Bring Something Nice To Wear In The Evenings?
You’re on holiday after all, so why not!? We…
croppedimage630338-IMG3777-low-res
Specialty Diets – Can You Cater For Me?
Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty…
croppedimage630338-IMG4347lowres
Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
croppedimage630338-44273478-10156091790622569-106333284190912512-o
Will I Need To Hire A Car On The Island?
No, you won’t need to hire a car. Our…
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What’s My Luggage Limit?
For the flight, you’ll have a carry-on luggage limit…
croppedimage630338-L336-Medlands-Beach-Auckland-Scott-Vennin
I suffer from terrible car sickness, what will the roads be like?
Good question! In general, the roads we travel are…
croppedimage630338-image5
Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
croppedimage630338-IMG-2
Power & Wi-Fi?
Great Barrier Island is a remote paradise where most…
croppedimage268178-IMG4353-low-res
Accommodation
The colonial-style Shoal Bay Estate is located in the…
croppedimage268178-dscn5296-600x450-95
How Do I Get Here?
The best thing to do is fly. Great Barrier…
croppedimage268178-IMG3813-low-res
Meals
We’ll enjoy delicious, 2-course dinners and cooked or continental…

DAYS

4

KM

30 – 40

MILES

18 – 24

DIFFICULTY

3/5

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge

PRICE

$1850

Under 15 yrs 1000 NZD

WALKING SEASON

Oct-Apr

WALKING TOUR SUMMARY

Great Barrier Island (Aotea) is a place of remote beauty and rugged wilderness, with a distinctive Kiwi flavour. With just 900 residents, it is one of the most tranquil and laid-back places you’ll find in the South Pacific. The warm salty breeze mingled with the rich forest air makes every breath a pleasure, while it’s winding trails through volcanic peaks, native forests, golden beaches and crystal-clear waters ensure your daily quota of exercise and adventure. On Great Barrier Island, Nature is King.

  • 4 days / 3 nights all-inclusive* New Zealand walking holiday
  • 4-7 hours hiking each day over varied terrain
  • Carry a day pack only
  • Includes: meals, snacks and wine; 3.5 star boutique lodge accommodation; all transport on the island; raincoats & day packs; experienced guides
  • Join a small group, or have an exclusive trip for your own group
  • 30 minute scenic flight from Auckland; *return flights are additional and are not included in the walk price. (We can book flights for you, this is part of our reservation service at no extra cost to you)

“Can’t recommend this highly enough. A wonderful 4 days on Great Barrier walking some great tracks.” 

 

An island where nature is king. Enter a place of remote beauty and rugged wilderness, with a distinctive Kiwi flavour.

DAY 1

Auckland to Great Barrier Island

Greet your Walking Legends guide at 10:30am at the Claris Airport, Great Barrier Island for an 11am start. Come dressed ready to start walking straight away, with a full water bottle. For information on getting to the island see below. First, we head west to Whangaparapara and warm ourselves up on the Te Ahumata/White Cliffs Track. We’ll follow an old mining road through wind shorn, bonsai-like plants and hunt for rare orchids at the summit.

Te Ahumata’s central location gives us a great viewing opportunity to orientate ourselves from the top of the white cliffs!

After a nutritious picnic lunch we head down to explore the beautiful southern coast. From the ‘Whalers Lookout’ track, aptly named for its’ advantageous viewpoints we’ll have the chance to spot Brydes ‘Broodus’ whales lolloping out in the Hauraki Gulf.

Then we’ll get settled into our lodge, put our feet up with a cold glass of something on the deck overlooking Tryphena harbour and share a grazing platter of fresh fruits and cheeses as the sun goes down.

Our lodge hosts treat us to a delicious 2-course, Kiwi style meal using locally grown produce and home-made condiments.

DAY 2

Heart & Soul: Mt Hobson

We begin the best hiking trail on the island today with a stroll through the mossy ravines of ‘Windy Canyon.’ This is the Aotea Track and will lead us up to the summit of Mt Hobson/Hirakimata. This spectacular track is a combination of easy walking trails; short, steep climbs; stairways and bridges. We’ll traverse a range of unique, biologically diverse landscapes; streams lined with beautiful native bush, peaceful wetlands full of rare birdlife, forests of kauri, rimu and kahikatea. Discover the historical remains of the early kauri-logging industry and witness firsthand the healthy regeneration of these pristine forests.

At 621m, Mt. Hobson is the highest point of Great Barrier Island. The 360° views from the summit 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 series of naturally formed, cascading hot water rock pools framed by lush native bush canopy.

DAY 3

Northern Shores

Travelling north, we start our day amongst 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 secluded Bush’s Beach.

Next, we tackle Warren’s Creek Track with a gentle climb 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 shore bird colonies and tells the story of a devastating shipwreck. Take a dip in the Pacific or stretch out on the glistening sand and soak up the island’s natural beauty.

This evening we like to head to the lively local Irish pub for a hearty meal and to share a beer with some island characters.

DAY 4

Left of Centre

We begin our last day on Aotea with a beautiful trail that follows a central ridgeline, offering views of both golden coasts, through gorgeous puriri trees and nikau palms. That spectacular white sand beach we saw on our flight in is one of our final destinations, Medlands Beach. Share a reflective moment on Memory Rock, before exploring the rock pools, walking the beautiful white sands or hunting for signs of early human habitation around the bouldered base.

If the legs are still feeling fresh, we can walk along the old tramline track to see the serene Kauri Falls, or we can relax in the local art gallery and café to soak up the island atmosphere one last time before our flight home.

We’ll say our fond farewells and deliver you to Claris Airport in time for a 5pm flight back to the mainland.

The Colonial-style Shoal Bay Estate is located in beautiful Shoal Bay, Tryphena. There are plenty of sunny, private decks to relax on, with charming interior decor and harbour views, plus large pohutukawa trees for shade. Double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Single supplement is available. Dinner and breakfast are served in the lodge dining room. All meals, snacks and nibbles are included. The lodge does not have credit card or eftpos facilities, please bring cash from the mainland if you wish to purchase additional drinks with dinner.

*During busy times we sometimes stay at Great Barrier Lodge instead, which has ensuite rooms, an on-site restaurant and bar.

We supply

  • Generous, nutritious meals full of fresh, local produce; packed picnic lunches with the best sandwiches you’ve ever eaten, trail snacks & chocolate; fresh fruit, hot & cold drinks
  • Two complimentary glasses of crisp Kiwi wine or craft beer per person, each evening; you can purchase more with dinner if you wish – please bring cash for this
  • Bed linen, bath towels, pillows & blankets
  • Toilet paper, soap & hand sanitiser

What else do you need to know?

  • There are no drying rooms available but plenty of wide, covered verandahs for drying wet gear
  • Specialty diets; we can cater for a wide range of food allergies and specialty diets with sufficient advance notice. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific dietary needs and we’ll make sure you’re well taken care of!
  • Accommodation is based on a twin-share arrangement; if you’d rather have a private room, a single supplement fee of $200 NZD applies (this is for the whole trip, not $200 each night)
  • The lodge has power outlets next to all beds so CPAP machines are easily accommodated
  • Sorry, the use of drones is not permitted
  • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol if you wish; we ask that you drink responsibly
  • Non-walkers are more than welcome to join us! There are plenty of activities to be done that don’t involve walking, please enquire with our friendly reservations team for more information

FAQ

croppedimage630338-IMG-0184
I’m Travelling Solo – Who Will I Be Sharing a Room With?
The accommodation on our tours is based on twin…
croppedimage630338-Girls-Barrier
Fitness
Moderate fitness is required for the Great Barrier Island…
croppedimage630338-IMG4247-low-res
Should I Bring Something Nice To Wear In The Evenings?
You’re on holiday after all, so why not!? We…
croppedimage630338-IMG3777-low-res
Specialty Diets – Can You Cater For Me?
Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty…
croppedimage630338-IMG4347lowres
Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
croppedimage630338-44273478-10156091790622569-106333284190912512-o
Will I Need To Hire A Car On The Island?
No, you won’t need to hire a car. Our…
croppedimage630338-Barrier-Walk2
What’s My Luggage Limit?
For the flight, you’ll have a carry-on luggage limit…
croppedimage630338-L336-Medlands-Beach-Auckland-Scott-Vennin
I suffer from terrible car sickness, what will the roads be like?
Good question! In general, the roads we travel are…
croppedimage630338-image5
Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
croppedimage630338-IMG-2
Power & Wi-Fi?
Great Barrier Island is a remote paradise where most…
croppedimage268178-IMG4353-low-res
Accommodation
The colonial-style Shoal Bay Estate is located in the…
croppedimage268178-dscn5296-600x450-95
How Do I Get Here?
The best thing to do is fly. Great Barrier…
croppedimage268178-IMG3813-low-res
Meals
We’ll enjoy delicious, 2-course dinners and cooked or continental…

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