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Tiny home in Great Barrier Island
Willis - A genuine 1940's caravan
“Willis” a fun and funky 1940's handmade caravan situated on a platform with views over Tryphena harbour on the unique island of Aotea (Great Barrier Island) Willis has been lovingly restored with retro kitchenware; a Bluetooth compatible restored valve radio; a retro Smeg fridge and classic American style booth seating. 3 minutes drive from the Village with shops, cafe, pub, club and tennis court Willis is nestled in regenerating bush with plenty of fishing, biking and hiking opportunities.
$101 per night
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Medland Mystic: Self Contained Studio
Medland Mystic Brand new studio accommodation in a bush setting with a sea-view. Medland Mystic is an easy 15 minutes stroll or a short 4 minute drive to the beautiful Medland Beach. Private and self contained, book Medland Mystic for a weekend or a weeks getaway, featuring a king bed, stovetop/oven and fridge/freezer, its ideal for self catering with a well equiped kitchen. Sit on the deck and enjoy the view, birds and bush or eat out at one of the cafes, restaurants around the Island.
$114 per night
Rental unit in Great Barrier Island
Kaka Cottage,great harbour views
Kaka Cottage is privately nestled in the bush overlooking Tryphena Harbour ,a self contained hideaway for complete relaxation and rest after the outdoor activities Great Barrier has to offer - mountain biking,swimming,walking,surfing,fishing,kayaking
$92 per night

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Kaitoke cottage Walk from the airport
$208 per night
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Tuscany Suite at Mount Tryphena Estate
$155 per night
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Fabulous Private Experience
$187 per night
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Borneo Bungalow in the Bush
$174 per night
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Bird Rock Retreat
$159 per night
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Shearers Quarters Mabey's Beach
$133 per night
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Great Barrier Island Beach property
$254 per night
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Stonewall Village Loft
$114 per night
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XSPOT cliff top apartment, secluded 4WD location
$222 per night
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Rakitu Views
$95 per night
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TE PEA LODGE: Beautiful, Tranquil Escape :)
$101 per night
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Island Gin Bach. Medlands beachfront.
$254 per night

Your guide to Great Barrier Island

All About Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island is located just off the North Island of New Zealand, around 55 miles from Auckland. It’s the largest of the Hauraki Gulf Islands, but you’d never know that by its population: more than half of the island is a nature reserve and only 1,000 people live here, spread across a handful of small towns and settlements in off-the-grid homes powered by solar and wind energy. This environmentally sustainable lifestyle contributes to the island’s classification as a Dark Sky Sanctuary, which means you can expect crystal-clear stargazing here.

The island’s lush green landscapes, sparkling white-sand beaches, untouched wetlands, and natural hot springs are ripe for exploration. Hirakimata (Mount Hobson) is a popular hiking spot, as its 2,000-foot peak offers panoramic views. Great Barrier Island is situated in New Zealand’s only National Marine Park, which makes for excellent diving and snorkelling conditions too.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Great Barrier Island?

Auckland has relatively moderate weather all year round, so there is no bad time to secure your Great Barrier Island vacation rentals. The summer months of December through March tend to be hot and sunny, with picture-perfect weather for hiking or hitting the beach. This is a very popular time to visit, especially during the school holidays, so book plane or ferry tickets well in advance. Spring (September through December) and fall (March through June) are great times to visit, as they are usually quieter, but you can still count on good weather. During the winter, it can get damp and chilly, so make sure you pack a few extra layers. It’s always smart to bring high-SPF sunscreen when traveling in New Zealand.

What are the top things to do in Great Barrier Island?

Kaitoke Hot Springs

Kaitoke Hot Springs in the center of the island are natural rock pools of geothermal water surrounded by umbrella ferns — they’ve been left unadorned, with the exception of a nearby picnic table. The springs are a gentle 45-minute walk from the closest road, following an ancient shoreline and winding through kanuka forests where you may view spotless crakes and fernbirds.

Hirakimata (Mount Hobson)

Hirakimata (Mount Hobson) is the highest point on Great Barrier Island, and its peak offers sweeping views of Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula. It is accessible via a three-hour hiking trail that passes otherworldly rock formations and leads through the famous Windy Canyon, which features sheer rock faces covered in lush vegetation.

Medlands Beach

As one of the island’s most popular beaches, Medlands Beach is a great spot for swimming, stargazing, and surfing thanks to its exposed beach break. The curves of the Sugarloaf headlands create an idyllic scene here with powdery sand, rolling grass-covered dunes, and cerulean waters.