Great Barrier Island is a large island with a small population. The forests, beaches and bays provide scope for all kinds of wilderness adventures.
Great Barrier Island is the largest and most seaward of the Hauraki Gulf islands in Auckland region. For thousands of years it has sheltered Auckland's harbour from the relentless swells of the Pacific Ocean, creating a boating paradise.
The eastern shore of Great Barrier Island faces the ocean with high cliffs and long white surf beaches; the western side offers deep sheltered harbours and calm sandy bays.
More than 60 per cent of the island's 285 square kilometres is public land administered by the Department of Conservation. The native forest is laced with beautiful walking tracks, which lead to secluded natural hot springs and an historic Kauri dam. These wilderness areas, foreshores and estuaries are home to several unique plant and bird species. Rising 627 metres above the sea, Hirakimata (Mount Hobson) beckons the hiker with the promise of incredible 360 degree views.
Great Barrier Island is a popular destination for diving, fishing, surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and camping. Accommodation options range from tent sites to luxury eco lodges.
Tryphena is the largest settlement on the island and is situated on the west coast. Home to a number of picturesque family-friendly beaches, dolphins are often spotted here close to the shoreline.
Other settlements include Whangaparapara and Tryphena on the western side; Claris on the eastern side. The 90 kilometre journey from Auckland city takes about 3. 5 hours by fast ferry or you can catch a 30 minute flight.
Just 400-metres from Pa Beach, Aotea Lodge Great Barrier is set amongst 2.5 acres of serene parkland. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and rooms with BBQ facilities and a stovetop.
Aotea Lodge is a 10-minute drive from the ferry wharf and a 15-minute drive from Great Barrier Airport. There are n... (more)
Luxury secluded coastal getaway. Set in 10 acres of native bush and gardens yet only minutes via private bush track to beautiful sandy beach.
Woodfire for winter evenings. Spend summer evenings on the deck, sipping wine watching the spectacular sunsets.
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Boasting beautiful views of the Hauraki Gulf from your private verandah, Earthsong Lodge offers guests free Wi-Fi and free breakfast. You will be greeted with fresh fruit, flowers and fine Tawny Port upon arrival.
The lodge offers a boule court, a private helipad, as well as numerous bu... (more)
Overlooking beautiful Whangaparapara Harbour, Great Barrier Lodge offers a restaurant, a function centre and free on-site parking. All accommodation features a kitchenette or access to a shared kitchen and is completely run on solar power. Most accommodation boasts a patio or balcony.
Set on 108 acres of native grounds, Mount St Paul Estate offers colonial-style accommodation a 5-minute drive from Great Barrier Island Airport. Guests enjoy full breakfast, free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi access.
The rooms feature Turkish rugs and New Zealand paintings. Each room h... (more)
Located on a stunning 16 acre property, Oruawharo Cottage is 50 metres from a secluded swimming beach in Oruawharo Bay. It offers a private patio overlooking the sea and rugged hills of Great Barrier Island. Guests have access to free airport or wharf transfers.
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Tipi & Bob's Waterfront Lodge Great Barrier Island New Zealand is situated on one of the best waterfront locations in the country, with awesome panoramic sea views. Half an hour flight from Auckland to a remote island where tranquility is a way of life, entirely powered by alternative ener... (more)