Great Barrier Island is a remote, tranquil and untouched paradise 90km north east of central Auckland.
Located at the edge of the Hauraki Gulf, Great Barrier Island is one of the most unspoilt places you'll ever find.
From tramping through native forest, to sea kayaking around coves and inlets, there are endless ways to explore this stunning adventurer's paradise.
The name 'Great Barrier' stems from its sighting by Captain James Cook in 1769. He quickly recognised the role the island played in sheltering the waters of the Hauraki Gulf.
Great Barrier Island (Aotea) has a rich history dating back to the initial settlement of New Zealand by the East Polynesian ancestors of today's Maori population.
From the 1840's the island's natural resources attracted European settlement and a number of 'boom and bust' industries that exploited the island's forest, minerals and the migrating whales.
Great Barrier has a wonderful range of activities and natural attractions. There are a variety of walking tracks to discover the stunning terrain, or try fishing, kayaking, boating, horse riding, golf or bird watching.
Guided tours are a great way to learn about the island and get to know the friendly locals. There are many excellent nature, walking and sightseeing tours on offer.
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