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.
Our Great Barrier Island Escape trips depart several times a month, from late October to April. Most walkers fly from Auckland airport and meet us at the Great Barrier airport.
We advise you to book early so you don’t miss out on the most convenient flights.
30 minute scenic flight from Auckland (not included in the tour price)
4 days / 3 nights
Above average level of fitness. Walk 20kms, Bike 45kms. Formed tracks and roads with average to steep inclines at times.
Do you have another date in mind?We can build a tour especially for your group, please enquire for dates available.
3-4 hours walking
3.5 star boutique lodge
The breathtaking flight over Auckland and the turquoise, island-studded waters of the Hauraki Gulf sets the scene for a remarkable trip! Your friendly 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.
Heart & Soul - Mt Hobson
6-7 hours walking
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 hot pool.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
5 hours walking
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.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Left of Centre
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.
Days 1 to 3:
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.
You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day, and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings.If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking. All meals are included in your tour cost
Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.
All transport on the island
To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders and fully qualified drivers. Tuatara Tours operate under a Safety and Risk Management Plan which is regularly audited and approved by a qualified and independent auditor.