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Lord Howe Island

Another in our series of unusual Pacific destinations

Lord Howe Island - a truly unspoilt jewel of the Pacific with a fascinating ecological ethos is a World Heritage Island with 168 bird species (including the endemic woodhen), 241 species of native plants (105 are endemic), 500 marine fish and 90 different coral species.
As the sea is warmed by the South Equatorial Current, Lord Howe enjoys a subtropical climate with an average rainfall of 1568 mm per annum - a virtual ‘Garden of Eden’.

Temperatures rarely rise above 26°c in summer or fall below 16°c in winter. Water temperature in summer can be as high as 24°c and in winter still remains as high as 18°c – a snorkelling mecca.

Lord Howe is two hours flying time from Sydney, 11kms long and 2.4kms wide at its narrowest point and home to approximately 400 locals.

Tourism is an important part of their economy, but visitor numbers are restricted to 400 at any one time.

Your travel itinerary

Sunday 26 April

Auckland – Sydney

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An afternoon departure from Auckland to arrive in Sydney late-afternoon. Transfer to the Airport Hotel with dinner in the hotel.

Monday 27 April

Sydney - Lord Howe Island

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Return to the airport for a late morning flight from Sydney to arrive at Lord Howe Island mid-afternoon. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for a six night stay. Afternoon at leisure to explore and shop for breakfast requirements. Afternoon free maybe hire a cycle (easy and safe cycling) to explore your new environment. Welcome Dinner at a local Restaurant.

Tuesday 28 April

Lord Howe Island

The morning to enjoy a half day Orientation Tour of Lord Howe
Island highlighting the island, its features, wildlife, history and
optional activities

Wednesday 29 April

Lord Howe Island

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Today’s tour to Lord Howe Island’s world heritage marine
environment with the opportunity to view the marine paradise
through a glass bottom boat. There is also the option to snorkel
Erscott’s Hole. Afternoon free with a Group BBQ Dinner in the
evening.
Erscott’s Hole

This spot is easily the snorkelling highlight of Lord Howe Island. Erscott’s Hole is home to more than 500 species of fish and more than 90 species of coral. The reef system here is incredibly healthy and diverse - a tapestry of colour and activity that easily ranks among the most impressive reef sites in Australia.
The site is huge and completely protected as an intertidal groyne. A garden of staghorn coral dominates the scene, complemented by dozens of other soft and hard coral species. The shallow nature of the lagoon means almost anyone can enjoy the underwater spectacle.

 

Thursday 30 April

Lord Howe Island

A special morning to join renowned Lord Howe naturalist and local resident Ian Hutton on a Reef Walk at Ned’s Beach where golden sands and clear calm waters are home to masses of different species of fish.In the afternoon historical movies will outline the island and its past.

 

Neds Beach

Among the 11 beautiful beaches on Lord Howe Island, Neds Beach is one of the most entertaining and most unique. It is here that you can actually wade into the shallow waters and hand-feed the mélange of fish that swarm to your side whenever food is dropped in.
There are several species of fish that live in the waters at Neds Beach. Expect to see silver drummers, wrasse, mullets, kingfish, garfish and even the spangled emperor. It’s a real frenzy of placid, but hungry, fish.

Friday 01 May

Lord Howe Island

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Today’s outing lets you view the fish and corals of the world’s most Southern Barrier Reef as you slowly cruise to the beautiful North Bay. Enjoy turtle spotting of the Green and Hawks Bill Turtles through the glass bottom boat. Lunch is included. For the adventurous, snorkel the wreck at North Bay, or take the short climb up Mt. Eliza with its panoramic views and Herring Pools or just sit and laze the afternoon away. Dinner at the Golf Club.

North Bay

This is one of the finest spots on the island to lounge away the day on its brilliant white-sand beach. The bay is very shallow, ensuring easy access for anyone who wants to wade into the crystal-clear waters or take a look beneath the surface.
The snorkelling at Lord Howe Island’s North Bay is spectacular. An impressive range of fish, stingrays and sea turtles live among the healthy coral reef so exotic aquatic sightings are guaranteed.
The waters around the island are protected within a marine park so you can count on pristine water conditions and incredibly healthy marine life.
North Bay is a popular hang-out for migratory sea birds.

Saturday 02 May

Lord Howe Island

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This morning join Ron on a relaxed 3km history ramble to Little Island. Pass through lovely forests, a mutton-bird rookery, enjoy cliff top views, giant banyans, see valley of shadows, clear place and Balls Pyramid. Learn about the palm and tourist industry, flora,tucker and medicine, birds, volcanic history, snippets of colourful local history and more. An afternoon cruise on board the ‘Lulawai’ to view the island the way it was discovered, from the sea. Circumnavigate the island alongside volcanic cliffs and large numbers of nesting seabirds (seasonal). Enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight.

Sunday 03 May

Lord Howe Island - Sydney - Auckland

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A mid-morning departure from Lord Howe Island through Sydney and connecting onto a later flight to Auckland.

Inclusions

  • Economy flights Auckland / Sydney / Lord Howe Island / Sydney / Auckland
  • One night Sydney
  • Six nights’ accommodation on Lord Howe Island
  • Five dinners, two lunches
  • Transfers as specified
  • Sightseeing as specified
  • A Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 15 passengers travelling

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle
 Studio                    $4,289  $5,289
     
Early Booking Discount ( 31-10-2019 ) $100

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

  • Meals not specified
  • Items of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance – please ask us for a quote
  • Govt and airport taxes (approx $340)

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 will confirm a place on the tour
  • Full payment due no later than 14 February 2020

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From the date of booking until 14 February 2020 – loss of deposit
  • After 14 February – no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information

DOCUMENTATION

  • A current New Zealand passport is required, valid three months from date of travel
  • All other passport holders -please ask

 

HEALTH

  • A good standard of health and fitness is required and travellers should be independently mobile.

 

WEATHER                     High 25˚c        Low 18˚c

 

CURRENCY                  Australian Dollars only. ATMs available but fees may be high

Blue Lagoon Lodge

Our accommodation is centrally-located close to shops, restaurants and beaches - an ideal place to take in the views, sunsets and walks.

Accommodation is either studio or one bedroom apartments surrounded by gardens and lawns.

 

No mobile phone coverage. Internet access via satellite links.

Health and Fitness

  • A good standard of health and fitness is required and travellers should be independently mobile.


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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