Aotea Great Barrier Island Escape

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Aotea Great Barrier Island Escape

Aotea Great Barrier Island Escape

5 Day / 4 Night tour to Aotea Great Barrier Island – remote New Zealand…
 

This is a real escape to a stunning part of our country many Kiwis haven’t been and somewhere everyone who goes falls in love with. A five day adventure from Auckland to stunning Aotea Great Barrier Island, one of the Hauraki Gulf’s real gems. The tour includes the wonderful return scenic flight to Aotea Great Barrier Island. Enjoy a leisurely holiday exploring the bush lined roads, coastline and harbours. You’ll love the opportunity to meet local artisans, guides and island personalities.

 

Tour at a Glance

Tour Prices$2,990 per person, share twin
$500 single supplement

Tour Dates

17- 21 Dec, 2022
4 – 8 Jan. 2023
12 – 16 Apr, 2023
17 – 21 Apr, 2023

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Partnership

We’re excited to let you know that we have partnered with MoaTours, one of New Zealand’s leading and most trusted local tour operators since 1971. MoaTours offers a range of small group tours all over New Zealand that we think you’ll love — from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island.  

A a family run business just like Tours Direct, MoaTours has great connections and unbeatable local knowledge of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. They also share common values so we know you will be well looked after and have a great experience.

Aotea / Great Barrier Island has it all – a stunning coastline and rugged ranges and, best of all, friendly, welcoming locals. It’s so close, just a 30 minute flight from Auckland, yet another world away. The bush, the birds and the beaches – it’s paradise and somewhere you want to return to again and again.

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this tour must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the tour as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the tour departure date.

Fully Vaccinated Requirement

All travellers joining this cruise must be fully vaccinated. Your 'My Vaccine Pass' must be brought on the cruise as proof of full Covid 19 vaccination.

It is important that the date of your final dose is at least 14 days before the cruise departure date.

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 16 December, 2021

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Inclusions
Variations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

  • Booking Deposit of $750 per person
  • Final Payment Date: 31 January, 2022

  • Between 44 – 31 days, 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 30 days, 100% of tour cost
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Accommodation in 4.5 star boutique hotels
  • 2 wine tastings
  • E-Bike and a helmet
  • Full technical and back up support with a vehicle and an experienced driver/guide
  • All shuttles as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader
  • Airport transfers

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

To safeguard your deposit and tour payment in the event of you having to cancel your reservation or curtail your tour, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

call us on 0800 868 748 if you like a travel insurance quote

The bike trails in the Hawke’s Bay are easy to ride and generally flat and smooth. Introductory Level.

If you have never ridden an E-Bike before we can help you learn, usually in 15 minutes. These trails are great to build confidence and increase your riding skills.

Needless to say the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the rides. Most days, 2 – 3 hours on an E-Bike (with frequent breaks).

All clients and support crew are required to be fully vaccinated.

Extensive Terms and Conditions are outlined in the free Information Pack

Inclusions
Variations
Booking Conditions
Cancellations
Travel Insurance
General Information
Health & Fitness
Covid 19 Vaccinations
Terms & Conditions

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Inclusions

  • All meals, including a pre-show dinner at Dockside Restaurant on the Wellington waterfront
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Auckland (please ask us about flights from other airports – there could be a price adjustment).
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Land Only price on application
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance

Day 1       Auckland - Claris - Tryphena

We start our tour on a real high with a scenic flight from Auckland airport over the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park to Claris on Great Barrier Island. Your Kiwi Guide is there to meet you at the airfield.
We head over to Puriri Bay, Tryphena to meet Marion for lunch at her Elephant Craft Gallery and call into Peter and Fenella’s Black Cow Gallery nearby. We stay in relaxed, island style accommodation at Sunset Waterfront Lodge and Shoal Bay Estate for four nights and dine with Val and Francis at Shoal Bay Estate this evening.

 

 

 

Day 2       Tryphena - Okupu, Blind Bay - Whangaparapara - Tryphena 

With guide, Russell Scott we hear the island’s story from a local’s perspective as we explore in our coach. First we visit Okupu, Blind Bay, a large, open sandy bay and a favourite with dolphins. At Whangaparapara the tiny museum records how this peaceful harbour was once home to gold and silver mining, timber milling and the last whaling station.
On the way back to Tryphena we meet Nikki at Great Barrier Active Honey to sample their Manuka and Bush honey. We return to Shoal Bay in the late afternoon and dine at Shoal Bay this evening.

 

 

 

Day 3     Tryphena - Port FitzRoy - Okiwi Passion - Tryphena 

Great Barrier Island

Today we head over the ranges from Tryphena to Claris and on to Port FitzRoy to meet local skipper and personality Chris. Firstly we call into Glenfern Sanctuary’s jetty to meet Brad and Bridget and hear the story of this 83 hectare Regional Park and how it became the main gateway to the predator fenced 240ha Kotuku Peninsula. Then we cruise out to discover the inlets of this favourite sheltering place and lunch on board at Kaikoura Island.
Returning to Port FitzRoy we head over to Okiwi to meet Gerald and Caity at Okiwi Passion who show us around their organic gardens. We return to Tryphena in the late afternoon and dine at Shoal Bay this evening.

 

 

 

Day 4      Relaxing around Tryphena Harbour 

A day to relax and enjoy Island time. We explore around Tryphena with our local guide – sit back in a deck chair and fish off Tryphena wharf and wander the local beaches. Enjoy a leisurely BBQ lunch at Shoal Bay Estate and some free time this afternoon.
Later in the day call into the local Irish Pub on the way to dinner hosted by Val and Francis at Shoal Bay Estate.

 

 

 

Day 5     Tryphena - Medlands Beach - Claris - Auckland      

We start our last day on the island with breakfast with Val at Shoal Bay Estate before heading off to stroll along Medlands Beach, a favourite spot for surfers. In Claris we catch up with Dave Watson at the Milk, Honey and Grain museum, a treasure trove of memorabilia of the early settlers. 
Call into the sculpture gallery in Claris and visit the Community Heritage and Art Village and museum. In the mid afternoon we catch our flight back to Auckland.

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers)
  • Services of your knowledgeable guide
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”
  • Return airfares from Auckland Airport to Aotea Great Barrier Island

Variations

  • Domestic airfares
  • Travel Insurance