(15 years and under)
Great Barrier Island Escape 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 – we can book flights for you
Great Barrier Island Escape Full Itinerary
Day One: Southern Shores
3-4 hours walking (Lunch, Dinner)
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 Two: Heart & Soul - Mt Hobson
6-7 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 Three: Northern Shores
5 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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 Four: Left of Centre
3-4 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch)
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.
Questions & Answers
The colonial-style Shoal Bay Estate is located in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Shoal Bay, Tryphena with a charming, rustic interior decor and harbour views. There are plenty of sunny, private decks to relax on, 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. Complimentary drinks with dinner, additional drinks available for purchase.
For trip dates please see our Walk Calendar.
If none of these dates suit please contact us, we may be able to add more departures, and offer exclusive trips for groups. This trip is also available in winter on demand, please contact us for details.