Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island is the largest of the Hauraki Gulf islands. It is in the Auckland Region, east of the Northland Peninsula and directly north of Coromandel Peninsula.

Looking towards Medlands Beach from a ridgeline in the centre of the island

Get in

By ferry from Auckland.

By plane, with Great Barrier Airlines or Fly My Sky. The planes leave from various different airports, including Auckland International (Domestic terminal), North Shore aerodrome, and Whangarei among others. Sunair provides a regular service from Armore in Auckland, Tauranga and Whitianga to and from both Claris and Okiwi on Great Barrier Island.

Get around

There is no public transport service operating on Great Barrier Island but there is a daily mail bus which runs from Tryphena to Port FitzRoy and back to Tryphena, called the People & Post (0800 426 832). Visitors can bring their own vehicles on the regular vehicular ferry, hire a vehicle on island or use one of the shuttle services that operate around the island. It is best to book your shuttle before you arrive and this is essential during the summer.


Mount Hobson, Hirakimata is Great Barrier's highest point which is 621 metres. On a clear day it offers spectacular views of the Mercury Islands to the Poor Knights, and the Hauraki Gulf.



Groceries on the Barrier can be more expensive than mainland New Zealand because of the cost of freighting them to the island but you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, meat and general groceries at the local stores. Local crafts, products and souveniers are available.




There is free Wi-Fi at Tryphena Social Club and Claris airport. Computer at Claris Texas Cafe; free Wi-Fi, computers and printers at Auckland City Library, Claris. Computer at Great Barrier Lodge, Whangaparapara. Mobile phone coverage: Vodafone around Claris and at Port FitzRoy and Telecom at Tryphena. Other places coverage is limited or non-existent.

Go next

If you have a boat, Leigh is one of the nearest harbours on the mainland.

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