We have just come back from three magnificent days on the wonderful Great Barrier Island. I was kind of dreading the trip…let’s be honest, I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but who really wants to go away with the in laws and all the extended family!?! My darling husband’s Gran and Granddad have just celebrated their diamond (60th) wedding anniversary and decided they would like all the family to go for a holiday to Great Barrier Island. Quite an incredible feat in this day and age…I really do hope we get to celebrate ours too one day.
Great Barrier Island is straight off the top of the Coromandel Peninsula, about 5 hours ferry ride from Auckland. We got to go on private charter flights, in what I would define as people movers with wings. Our flights up took about 35mins from Tauranga.
When we arrived we were met by our local tour guide Steve, who took us on just about every winding road on the island over the three days we were there and filled the trips with interesting stories about the history and locals of Great Barrier Island. On arrival at Claris airport we boarded his bus and he took us across the Island to the spectacular Whangaparapara harbour, where we stayed at Great Barrier Lodge. On the front lawn of the lodge, a rope swing hung in a tree…the kids spent every possible minute and not enough if you ask them on the swing. It was just an idyllic location!
Enough words from me…here are a few more photos of what we saw and did!