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Great Barrier Island

A Remote Paradise in the Hauraki Gulf



Untouched Wilderness and Natural Beauty

Great Barrier Island is the largest and most remote island in the Hauraki Gulf, boasting a rugged and unspoiled landscape that beckons nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. With over 60% of the island designated as a public conservation area, visitors can immerse themselves in a world of pristine beaches, lush native forests, and dramatic volcanic formations. Explore the island's many hiking trails, such as the challenging Aotea Track or the gentler Windy Canyon Walk, and marvel at the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding gulf and the island's untamed beauty.

Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Living

As a haven for eco-tourism and sustainable living, Great Barrier Island offers a unique opportunity to disconnect from the modern world and reconnect with nature. The island is entirely off the grid, relying on solar power and alternative energy sources, and the local community is dedicated to preserving the island's delicate ecosystem. Experience the island's commitment to sustainability by staying in eco-friendly accommodations, such as the Great Barrier Lodge or the Earthsong Lodge, and participating in conservation projects or educational workshops.

Outdoor Activities and Adventures

Great Barrier Island is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with a wide range of activities to suit every interest and fitness level. Discover the island's secluded bays and beaches, such as Medlands Beach or Whangapoua Beach, where you can swim, surf, or kayak in the crystal-clear waters. For a more adventurous experience, try your hand at rock climbing on the island's volcanic cliffs, or go abseiling down the dramatic waterfalls of the Kaitoke Hot Springs. The island is also a haven for birdwatchers, with over 250 species of native and migratory birds, including the rare and endangered brown teal and black petrel.

Dark Sky Sanctuary and Stargazing

In 2017, Great Barrier Island was designated as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, recognising its exceptional quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment. With minimal light pollution and clear skies, the island offers some of the best stargazing opportunities in the world. Join a guided stargazing tour with Good Heavens Dark Sky Experiences, or simply find a secluded spot on the beach and marvel at the breathtaking display of stars and galaxies above.

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