See And Do
Great Barrier Island is 90km north east of central Auckland, New Zealand.
Located at the edge of the Hauraki Gulf, the Barrier is one of the most unspoilt
places you’ll ever find.
With an area of 285 square kilometres (110 sq mi), it is the sixth-largest island
in New Zealand.
Great Barrier Island was named by Captain Cook for the barrier it forms between
the Hauraki Gulf and the open sea.
For more local information & history visit:
Young's Museum | Ph: (09) 429 0388 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0388 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Milk, Honey and Grain Museum | Ph: (09) 429 0773 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0773 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Gray's Museum | Ph: (09) 429 0123 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0123 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Flights & Ferries
Fly My SkyDaily flights are available to Great Barrier from Auckland and Whangarei
Return flights from the Barrier are available Mon – Sun.
Private charter flights are also available.
For a current flight schedule and pricing, visit www.flymysky.co.nz
Great Barrier Airlines
Daily flights are available to Great Barrier Island from Auckland
Domestic Airport as well as Northshore, Whangarei, and Coromandel Airfields.
Return flights from the Barrier are available Mon – Sun.
For a current flight schedule and pricing, visit www.greatbarrierairlines.co.nz
Regular ferry sailings for passenger and vehicles depart daily from
Whynard Wharf, Auckland.
Return sailings from the Barrier are available Mon – Sun.
For a current sailing schedule and pricing, visit www.sealink.co.nz
Fullers passenger ferries sail to Great Barrier Island during the summer
season - including Labour Weekend (end of October), Christmas & New Year,
early January and at Easter.
The services run to and from the two main ports of Fitzroy and Tryphena.
Travel time is typically 2½ hours one way (weather conditions permitting).
For a current sailing schedule and pricing, visit www.fullers.co.nz
We can also help our guests arrange their Island transport before arrival. Just ask when you make your accommodation booking with us.
There is no public transport on the Barrier, however tour operators can to take you to and from local attractions and activities such as walking tracks, beaches etc.
Rental cars are readily available for you to explore the island at your own pace. 4WD is not necessary to get around the island or to get to Sunset Waterfront Lodge.
Note: Other Island accommodation may require 4WD for driveway access.
Aotea Car Rentals
Crazy Horse Trike Tours & Joy Rides
Great Barrier Travel
Great Barrier Tourism
Some artists have their own studios while many display their work in the Galleries on the island.
Those with an eye for creativity and originality will be delighted with the artistic pieces on display and available for sale.
Local artists & galleries:
Aotea Community Art Gallery | Ph: (09) 429 0508
Peter Edmonds Workshop & Gallery | Ph: (09) 429 0414
Sarah Harrison - Shoal Bay Pottery | Ph: (09) 429 0455
Great Barrier Island is a wonderful playground for lovers of sea, sand and surf.
Swimming, surfing, sea kayaking, and body boarding are all popular activites
on the Barrier and the east coast beaches are great for families or just hanging
with your mates.
Beach essentials including swimwear, diving gear, boards and kayaks can all
be hired on the Barrier.
Medlands Beach is considered one of the best surfing beaches on the Barrier.
It’s a ten minute drive from Claris airport and a 15 minute drive from the
ferry terminal at Tryphena. According to the local surfers, it has good sand bar
breaks along its entire length, particularly on an incoming tide.
Whangapoua Beach is only a short walk from Okiwi Airfield and is
straight across the island from the Port Fitzroy ferry terminal. Good surf
waves break over sandbanks across the mouth of the Whangapoua Estuary
producing "beaut barrels in a north-easterly swell".
Awana Beach is noted for its good all year round surfing conditions and the
variety of waves resulting from rapidly shifting sandbanks. Any respectable
easterly swell will push up fast-moving, heavy beach breaks on an incoming tide.
Kaitoke Beach is the largest east coast beach and boasts a number
of good beach breaks all the way down to the island at the south end.
OPC Great Barrier
Mulberry Grove Store - Sea Kayaking Hire | (09) 429 0909
Hooked On Barrier- Kayak, Dive Gear & Swimwear Hire | (09) 429 0417
Great Barrier Island is a popular destination for walkers, hikers and
There are more than 100 kilometres of well-maintained tracks and the
canyons, valleys, native forest, mountains and coastline make for
spectacular sigthseeing - even in the rain.
A number of bush walking, island traversing and mountain biking events
are held on the Barrier each year - check out our What's On page for
Guided tours are available or simply explore the many walking tracks
at your leisure.
is required on some tracks with steep drop-offs.
Mountain Biking is only permitted on public roads and on the Forestry
Road from Whangaparapara to Port FitzRoy. See the Map.
When visiting the Barrier, Glenfern Sanctuary is a must see. It offers a
rare opportunity to experience native wildlife on Great Barrier Island and
is part of 230ha on Kotuku Peninsula between Port FitzRoy and
Port Abercrombie. A guided walk is available.
Walking Track Information
Walking Track Map
Mountain Bike Trail Map
Paradise Cycles - Mountain Bike & Cycle Hire | Ph: (09) 429 0700 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0700 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0700 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0700 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0700 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
has plenty of other activites to entice you.
Fishing is a very popular pastime to enjoy alone, with family
or with friends. There are a number of great fishing spots around the
Barrier and friendly charter operators who may share them with you!
Crayfish and Schnapper are amoung the bounty which is abundant in the
typically clear waters of the Barrier.
Snorkelling and diving are also popular around the sheltered coves
and bays. There are also two shipwreck sites for those with an
extra sense of adventure.
Great Barrier Island Golf Course is a 9 hole course and offers specaular views
and gentle exercise to golfers of all handicaps. Family groups are welcome.
There are several great pubs, cafe's and restaurants on the Barrier to
choose from - so if you havent had any success with the rod and reel,
there's always a fish burger from the takeaways.
Great Barrier Activities
Mulberry Grove Store - Fish Bait & Ice | Ph: (09) 429 0909 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0909 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0909 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Hooked on Barrier - Fishing & Diving gear hire | Ph: (09) 429 0714 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0714 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0714 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Great Barrier Island Golf Course | Ph: (09) 429 0420 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0420 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09) 429 0420 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
to do right here at Sunset Waterfront Lodge.
Games Galore - Enjoy a round of pitch n' putt, volleyball, right on our
own private reserve or simply head to the safe swimming beach straight over the road.
Smokin' - Once you've returned with your catch of the day, you're welcome to use
the fish cleaning facilities at the Lodge. Use our fish smoker to get your fish ready
for eating or simply throw it on the BBQ.
Yoga anyone? - We have just the spot for focussing the body and mind while
enjoying the fresh air. We call it 'the island' and it's a quiet, green sanctuary
right near the Beach Villas. It's peaceful and private and a fantastic place for yoga,
Tai Chi or Pilates. A yoga session can be arranged for you or your group. Just ask
us for details.
Relaxing Massage - What better way to unwind than a professional theraputic
massage in such a glorious setting. We'd be happy to book a session for you.
Find out more.
Feed the pet eels! - A very popular activity with our guests who are young at heart.
The Lodge has a gentle stream running through the property which offers a safe
haven for tame eels - lots of fun to find and feed.
Drinks at Sunset - Our location offers one of the best places to watch the sun set
on the Barrier. Why not enjoy a wine on the lawn or your own private
deck while sharing a tale or two about the one that got away!