Tiritiri Matangi Island & Matakana's New Sculptureum
Transport, Entries, Accom, Ferry, Tour, Flights for ChCh Folks, All Meals as Listed
Tuesday March 17th DAY ONE
Today we are venturing north to Whangaparaoa Peninsula one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets. We will stop along the way at iconic Pokeno Bacon for lunch. We shall then continue our drive through to Auckland's Award Winning Garden a wonderfully peaceful sanctuary in the heart of Auckland. Wander through the 5.5-acre award-winning garden on the side of Mt Eden. We will take an hour or two to explore the many plant collections including perennials, vireyas, camellias, bromeliads and native plants. There's always something in bloom. Enjoy the waterfalls, rock formations, resident native birds and fabulous city and harbour views or perhaps just plonk yourself down on one of the many seats and enjoy the tranquillity. We will then move on to our accommodation on the North Shore.
Wednesday March 18th DAY TWO B, L
After picking up our picnic lunches we will travel onto Golf Harbour to meet our big Catamaran for our cruise to Tiritiri Matangi Island with “360 Discovery”. Here we join a 1 ½ hour guided morning experience and learn about one of the worlds greatest conservation projects. View the exquisite bird life, natural surrounds, re-vegetation and history of Tiritiri Matangi. Your guide will highlight the best spots to see various wildlife on the island and will help you to identify birdcalls (try and beat our tally from our last trip of 16 species identified) which echo through the trees. Our guide will escort us to the visitor centre with its Informative exhibits. You are free to wander, look and listen as you make your way back to the vessel. A day on Tiritiri Matangi gets better every time we visit. Once back at our Motel we will freshen up then head out for dinner together.
Thursday March 19th DAY THREE B, L
This morning we will head to the ever-popular Matakana Village, home to fabulous shops providing visitors with a wide range of fashion, homewares, book, gift and health food shops, cafes and art gallery. We will enjoy morning tea and a wander around before heading to the Morris & James pottery Café, have lunch and a look around the pottery. The afternoon will be exciting, with a visit to the new Sculptureum. Inside there are hundreds of works on display in the Gardens and Galleries, all chosen to amuse, inspire and stimulate. A mix of colour, whimsy and wonder for your pleasure and curiosity. Returning to our motel we will then gather for dinner.
Tuesday March 20th DAY FOUR B
Before we make our way home we will travel to Devonport, enjoying some sights along the way. Our first stop is Torpedo Bay here we take a guided tour of the great new Navy Museum. After our interesting and informative morning, we’ll enjoy a fabulous seaside lunch at the Torpedo Bay Café. Then get on the road for our short journey back home.