4 Day Great Barrier Island & Auckland Regional Discovery

4 Day Great Barrier Island & Auckland Regional Discovery

Auckland’s uniqueness owes a lot to its close relationship with the natural world. From native forest on offshore island bird sanctuaries to west regional parks on the region’s fringes, Auckland’s natural landscape is treasured, protected and waiting for you to enjoy.

Tour Info

Tour Name: 4 Day Great Barrier Island & Auckland Regional Discovery
From: Auckland to Auckland
Valid: May 18 - Mar 19
Price:
From (NZD) $1691 per person
Duration: 4 Days
Tour Code: SBAKL4I

Inclusions

3 nights accommodation at the SkyCity Auckland
Full day Great Barrier Island day tour including airport transfers, breakfast and lunch
Half day Wilderness Experience tour

Short Break Exclusions & Extras

Additional travel arrangements can be organised by Relaxing Journeys based on your requirements. Airport transfers are at your own expense, read our FAQ’s for more information. International & domestic flights within New Zealand are not included in this package price.

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Auckland

Welcome to Auckland! Once you’ve moved through customs and collected your baggage, it’s time to make your way to your centrally located accommodation at SkyCity Auckland. You’ve landed on the doorstep of New Zealand’s largest city, an idyllic setting overlooking the forested Waitakere Ranges, the sheltered Manukau Harbour and the island-studded Hauraki Gulf to the north.

Beautiful beaches and dreamy offshore islands are just half an hour from the city. In fact, the sea is so much a part of the place that an unusually high number of people own their own boats, giving the city its moniker of the ‘City of Sails’.

Day 2
Auckland Sightseeing

A thirty minute scenic flight by light plane over the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf brings you to majestic Great Barrier Island. After breakfast at a local café take an easy half hour walk on gravelled tracks and boardwalks past giant Nikau palms and rare native flora and fauna over unique wetlands to the Kaitoke natural thermal springs.

The adventure continues as you drive past native bush and rugged peaks to a private farm where there is a sweeping, often deserted stretch of pristine white sand beach. There is time for a swim or a meander along the beach to visit the graves of those drowned in one of New Zealand’s worst shipwrecks. On this farm the world’s largest population of Brown Teal can be found, a friendly little duck on the verge of extinction.

At a nearby stream, monster eels come when called and can be fed – if you dare! You then stop at a scenic location where you have a relaxed kiwi style picnic lunch. This unforgettable day is rounded off with a climb to the top of Windy Canyon, a spectacular short walk. The path winds around rocky outcrops and past sheer cliffs coated with rata vines, allowing you to wonder at the breathtaking views of the island and beyond. The flight back returns you to Auckland Airport at 5.30pm.

Day 3
Auckland Sightseeing

You have a free morning to explore the surrounding area and we have included an afternoon wilderness experience tour.

Only 30 kilometres from downtown Auckland is the city’s largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges. No other city in New Zealand has such a wonderful asset so close to it. In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquility of the rainforest. Travel to the Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

Continue on to the lush rainforest where you walk the easy bush tracks amongst giant tree ferns and view New Zealand’s famous kauri trees. Move on to experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

Day 4
Depart Auckland

Make your way out to the airport for your onward flight.

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4 Day Great Barrier Island & Auckland Regional Discovery
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Tour Code: SBAKL4I
From (NZD) $1691 per person
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Departures: May 18 - Mar 19

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