Took the opportunity to have a 3 day weekend explore on the Barrier with a deal done by Sealink and Shoal Bay. Although it was winter we had a fantastic weekend. Great weather (lucky us!) all weekend. Dolphin escort on the way to the Barrier in flat calm sea. Shoal bay is a skip away from the Ferry so no chance of getting lost. Confess we were not sure what to expect aware the Barrier is 'off the grid' so to speak. Val and Francis welcomed us three (2 adults one 13yr old) into their lovely and very large house - cosy fire going and everything nice and toasty. We had upstairs (3 bedrooms + bathroom + lounging area + flat screen tv + big deck, all almost new or newly painted) pretty much to ourselves and we quickly unwound and very quickly were made to feel part of the house. We drove/explored around the island and got in a lot of snorkelling - excellent visibility, up to 30 metres on the east coast. Had two mighty breakfasts - seriously delicious food ! and dinner one night as well. Dinner as with breakfast was at a communal table - if you wanted to be at the table and this made the trip even more enjoyable. The second day we were late for breakfast, having been out snorkelling in Tryphena bay (last minute stuff) - 5 minute drive from the house - and come back expecting toast and tea - have got a nice crayfish, instead Val and Francis had kindly kept things hot and we feasted on pancakes and delicious farm bacon. We'd come back just for the food alone (can still taste the farm bacon and banana snacks!). Highly recommended place to stay, made our trip, planning a return trip sometime soon.
- Also Known As:
- Shoal Bay Estate, Great Barrier Island Tryphena, New Zealand