Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island lies in the outer Hauraki Gulf off Auckland. A hundred kilometres north-east of Auckland it is in Aotearoa’s only National Marine Park. Over 70% of the Island’s land is a protected Conservation Park. And with night skies rated ‘second to none’, the whole island is a Dark Sky Sanctuary.

Great Barrier Island offers the ideal escape from everyday stresses that come with living in a big city. With its 100+ kilometres of walking tracks, you can explore its rugged landscape and breathtaking scenery.

It boasts stunning beaches, surfing, diving and fishing. Or, if you prefer to stay on land, go mountain biking, hiking, ride on a trike or visit artists at their studios.

Generators, solar or wind power, rather than an electricity supply, power this ‘off the grid’ island. Locals cook with gas and mobile coverage is limited. So expect no street lights or regular public transport. Take your torch, your sense of adventure, a good book and turn off your mobile devices for the perfect retreat.