Explore the white sands of pretty Kaitoke Beach, on Great Barrier Island's east coast.
Great Barrier Island
Kaitoke Beach, Auckland

By Scott Venning

You'll find panoramic north-facing views when you reach the high point of Windy Canyon Track.
Great Barrier Island
Windy Canyon Track, Auckland

By Scott Venning

Learn about Great Barrier Island - tranquil and untouched, it offers the perfect holiday experience.
Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Island, Auckland

By 90secondstv

Great Barrier Island

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.

A number of events are held on the island every year, including the delicious Great FitzRoy Mussel Fest, which celebrates the mouth-watering mussels the area is known for. There's also the Wharf2Wharf Marathon sporting event where athletes walk, run or cycle across the island, and the Great Barrier 'Spectacular by Nature' Garden Tour, which showcases the island's stunning residential gardens.

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.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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Aotea Lodge Great Barrier - Accommodation in Great Barrier Island New Zealand
9.10 15 Reviews
Great Barrier Island
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)
Earthsong Lodge - Accommodation in Great Barrier Island New Zealand
9.80 46 Reviews
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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)
Great Barrier Lodge - Accommodation in Great Barrier Island New Zealand
8.70 49 Reviews
Great Barrier Island
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. G... (more)
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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)
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