We took advantage of a 'Grab One ' package with Sealink ferry and Great Barrier Lodge. The thought of a four and half hour sailing was daunting but proved to be most enjoyable both ways. The scenery, dolphins and talking to other passengers helped pass the time. The crew were informative and friendly.
The location of the lodge is in a peaceful and scenic location and to be woken by the sound of a large pod of dolphins splashing and blowing in the bay on our second morning was amazing. So pleased to have digital cameras as we took many, many pics of the scenery, dolphins, nesting shags, kereru, weka, but did not quite manage to get a pic of the cheerful kaka.
Our hosts were friendly & helpful. Thanks Marama, Erica and Archie. Unfortunately we missed out on the snapper meal but, by all accounts , it was great.
Our studio room was compact but equipped with all we needed.
We drove from Tryphena to Port Fitzroy and on lots of side roads, most sealed but some very dusty. Narrow winding rooms with lots of OOh moments for a nervous passenger but considerate drivers made for safe sight seeing. Some dusty roads.
One recommendation if visiting before all the restaurants are opened for the season...take food for your stay as to buy on the island is costly.More
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