Great Barrier Island - your local information and booking agent - ph. (09) 4290767


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valid for travel to 31st May
excludes 18-21 April

4 Night Package
with your car and ferry

$ 690 
you save $ 320
includes return ferry for 2 people and a car and 4 nights in a fully self contained unit at Aotea Lodge

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Return Flights
$ 215pp 
fly from Auckland or North Shore
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2 Nights
with flights
and car hire

$ 395pp 
you save $60
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Last minute

$ 99/night
you save $30
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Great Barrier Island, Auckland, New Zealand       

Welcome to one of New Zealand's best kept secrets.
A short 30 minute scenic flight, from Auckland, will take you over the islands of the Hauraki Gulf and to a remote, untouched,  beautiful island paradise - a haven of peace and tranquility - a glimpse of all of what New Zealand must once have been like and a truly great place to get away from it all.
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Great Barrier Island is the largest and furthermost offshore island of the Hauraki Gulf, lying 90km northeast of Auckland. The island stretches north to south for some 40km and has an area of 285 square kms, more than half the size of the Auckland Metropolitan area. The permanent population is around 600.
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Things to do and see:

Great Barrier has so much to offer - acres of untouched native bush provide visitors the opportunity to view rare native plants and animals in their natural environment. Take your tramping boots - the forests are laced with over 100kms of walking tracks that lead to natural hot springs as well as numerous well-preserved historic sites and places of interest. Plentiful beaches and inlets around the island offer safe swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking. The eastern side takes a pounding from the Pacific Ocean, creating some of the best surf in NZ. The western side is more tranquil, with deep-water harbours of Port Fitzroy and Whangaparapara that provide safe anchorage for yachts.
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A wide range of accommodation is available on Great Barrier Island to suit all budgets. From camping and backpacking, bed & breakfasts and lodges to 5 star luxury or your own self contained bach in the bush or on the beach – there is something for everyone. Our visitor information centre can give you the best advise on what is suitable for you. During peak season, (late December to late January and holiday weekends), demand is high so be sure to book well in advance.
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Getting Here
A number of scheduled flights fly daily from Auckland’s Domestic terminal, Mangere and from Dairy Flat on the North Shore. The scenic flight takes approx 30 minutes. A vehicle and passenger ferry sails to the island from Wynyard Wharf, Downtown Auckland and takes approx 4.5 hours. Fullers operate a passenger ferry service from late December to late January and some holiday weekends. Sailings take approx 2 hours.
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Getting Around:
There is no public transport on Great Barrier Island but shuttle buses can to take you to and from your accommodation and to all walking tracks, beaches etc. Tours of the island can also be arranged with the shuttle companies. Rental cars are readily available for you to explore the island at your own pace. 4wd is not necessary to get around the island but may be required to get to your accommodation. Demand is high during peak times so be sure to arrange your transport before you arrive.

  GBI Rent A Car

the island's leading rental car company
Ph (09) 4290062
vehicles & rates >>
  Aotea Lodge

Fully self contained one and two bedroom units, located in Tryphena, walking disctance to beash, shops, cafe, restaurant and Irish bar.
Rates from $100/night.

Ph (09) 4290628
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Fly from ...
 Auckland's domestic terminal,
 or from North Shore
... only 30 minutes
6 flights daily
Timetable and fares >>>
  SeaLink Travel Group

Year round sailings from Auckland ...
...4.5 hour leisurely cruise over the Hauraki Gulf ...
Find out more >>>
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Visitor Information Centre 

Located on main road outside Claris Airport
(next to bus depot and car hire offices)

Office Hours
8am to 6pm (Mon - Sat)
9am to 6pm (Sun)
with extended hours over summer                                                                  


(09) 4290767
Fax  (09) 4290062
Postal address PO Box 20, Claris
Physical address 67 Hector Sanderson Road, Claris 
Electronic mail
General Information:.


Great Barrier Island Information Office
(turn left when leaving the carpark)
Ph:       (09) 4290767

Open  8am - 6pm (Mon - Sat)
           9am - 6pm (Sun)

PLEASE NOTE:   There are NO ATMS and NO BANKS on the island info>.  There is NO PUBLIC TRANSPORT on the island
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Last modified: March 23, 2014