Essential Information

ATMs / BanksThere are no ATMS nor banks on the island.
Eftpos is widely accepted, credit cards may incur a small fee.
BeachesSafe swimming beaches are at Tryphena, Harataonga, Okupu and caution should be taken at Awana and Medlands (surf beaches).
BoatingThere are a number of safe anchorages. Moorings are in short supply.
A number of designated boat launching places are available.
CampingCamping is in designated areas. Doc have 5 campgrounds with cold showers, long drop toilets, some have cooking facilities. Pets are not permitted at any DOC campgrounds. Campers must take their rubbish home or purchase an official council rubbish bag.
Dining outMost places to dine our are located in Tryphena
DrivingThe roads are mostly sealed but are narrow, steep and winding in places.
Please consider other drivers by keeping to the left side of the road and pull over to allow other vehicles to pass.
A 4wd is not required to get around but check with your accommodation if one is required for access
ElectricityThere is no mains power. Most households are powered by the sun and store energy from the sun in batteries which provide power at night. Check with your accommodation before bringing your hairdryer and other high voltage electrical equipment.
FerrySealink operate a car and passenger ferry from Wynyard wharf, Auckland, to Tryphena.
Summer – operates Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Winter – Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Sailing takes approx 4.5 hours.
FireDuring summer there is a total fire ban in place i.e. NO outside fires may be lit.
During winter, a fire permit is required for ALL outdoor fires.
FlightsBarrer Air and Fly My Sky fly from Auckland’s domestic terminal and Dairy Flat, North Shore. Flight tme approx 30 minutes.
Sun Air fly from Tauranga, Whitianga and Thames
HitchhikingWith the absence of public transport, hitchhiking is a commonly accepted way to get around and a great way to meet the locals. Please consider that the roads are narrow and winding and try to hitch from a visible spot where is is safe for a vehicle to pull over.
InternetInternet is generally slower that on the mainland and has a tendancy to cut n and out.
Free wifi is available at Auckland council library (Claris), Claris airport, Claris Store, Barrier Social Club (Tryphena).
Mobile phonesThere is limited mobile phone coverage on the island. Check with your accommodation provider for coverage. Please consider this when trying to contact people on the island – it may be better to send a text.
Pest freeThere are no possums, stoats, ferrets, weasels, Norway rats, hedgehogs, deer and feral goats.
PetsDogs must be on a lead n any public place and on beaches.
Postal ServicesPort Fitzroy store, Pigeon Post (Claris), Outpost (Tryphena) and
Public TransportThere is no public transport. Airport and ferry shuttles must be pre booked before you arrive. Ph 09 4290767 or email to arrange this
Rental CarsAre in short supply during peak times. Be sure to book well in advance.
Rubbish & RecyclingPlease consider our landfill:
Recycle, reuse, and reduce waste
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ShopsGrocery stores (also supply alcohol) are at Tryphena, Claris and Port Fitzroy. Great Barrier Lodge (Whangaparapara) has a small selection of essentials and the Rocks bottle store is in Claris.
SurfingAwana, Medlands and Whangapoua. Please note there are no lifeguards.
SwimmingSafe swimming beaches are at Tryphena, Harataonga, Okupu and caution should be taken at Awana and Medlands (surf beaches).
Walking TracksThere are over 100kms of walinkg tracks
Aotea Track – 25km loop track with 2 huts to stay in.
There are a number of short walks with the most popular being the Kaitoke Hot Pools and Windy Canyon
WaterMost households are on rainwater which is collected in storage tanks. This means that there is a limited amount of water available and sure be used conservatively.
It s recommended that you boil your water for drinking.

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