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GBI Wharf to Wharf Marathon 2017

October 7, 2017

Great Barrier Island’s Wharf 2 Wharf Barry Mouat Memorial Marathon is a unique event. Mountain Bike, Run or Walk a Full Marathon or a Half Marathon 10k and 5k Run or Walk sections so there’s a section for the whole family to take part in.

The course begins at Port FitzRoy Wharf and finishes at Tryphena Wharf.

Participants will experience rugged Native bush, kauri stands , beautiful nikau as they make their journey amid some of the most unspoilt forest left in New Zealand. Reaching the heights there are expansive views over white sandy beaches and across the ocean to an undisturbed horizon as well as green farmland dotted with picturesque settlements amongst beautiful harbours.

The course follows the road overlooking Port FitzRoy Harbour and bays then down to Kaiaraara Stream. Continuing up and down Forest Road Track, the rugged bush is home to many of NZ’s native birds, the course reaches an elevation of 180 metres. One part is described by Aaron Carter of Total Sport as “4km of unbelievable trail goodness…….and views from out of this world”. Although arduous and challenging at times this event is a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the best scenery that Great Barrier Island has to offer.

Spectacular by Nature Garden Tour

November 25, 2017

A unique opportunity to visit a variety of residential gardens on the Island.

The Spectacular by Nature Garden Tour held on the last weekend in November. This year 25 & 26th November.

This guided tour will enable you to visit charming cottage gardens, to see spectacular coastal panoramas and experience hidden native flora and birdlife. The ticket includes tour transportation, a scumptious morning tea and a charming Devonshire afternoon tea. Seats are limited, booking is essential.

All proceeds to the Great Barrier Island Community Health Trust

For further information please visit our website at: www.thebarrier.co.nz/sbn/gardentour.html Or contact contact Gerry (094290890) email: gerry@shoalbaylodge.co.nz

Major fundraiser for our local Community Health Trust.

Dark Sky Weekend 8/9th December 2017

December 8, 2017

Hosted by Trillium Lodge

The night sky in December has many fabulous astronomical objects to offer, and we are fortunate to have Chris Benton as our guest speaker to highlight these. Chris, a member of the Auckland Astronomical Society and currently studying for his Master’s degree in Astronomy at Swinburne University in Melbourne, will give a presentation and discussion early each evening, before assisting and helping to point out various points of interest during your viewing.

Trillium Lodge is a Luxury Bed and Breakfast Lodge situated on a high knoll in Tryphena ideal for viewing. All our bedrooms are furnished to a high standard and all have their own en-suite.
Come and join this group and help celebrate Great Barrier Island becoming only the 3rd place in the world to be designated a Sanctuary, make up a group of friends and have the luxury of your own car during the day to explore the island.
This is a small group weekend with a minimum of 4 people – maximum 10-15 we suggest booking early so you are not disappointed.