Great Barrier Island

In the course of our work we come across many wonderful photos of New Zealand but we can't always use them on our website. So we've decided to share them with you on a regular basis on our Blog, along with a short note of explanation. We hope you enjoy them. Today it's Great Barrier Island, not to be confused with the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Remote Great Barrier Island (population 850) is for those interested in getting right off the beaten path, and can be included in any New Zealand Vacations itinerary. 


The island is 55 miles north-east of Auckland and is reached by ferry (4.5 hours) or light aircraft (30 minutes). At 110 square miles it's the sixth-largest island of New Zealand, most of it covered in hills and native forest. Accommodation, although limited, is available from backpacker to 4 star. There's a network of walking tracks and mountain bike trails, magnificent swimming beaches, kayaking, diving, fantastic fishing and surfing. 

This is about getting as far away from the madding crowd as possible, to a beautiful natural place where the impact of humans has been minimal. The departure point for the Great Barrier Island is Auckland, as featured in most New Zealand Vacations itineraries, so if you would like to incorporate the island in your travels, add it the choice you have made on  'Our Journeys' 



Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Jun 15, 2016