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Escape to Great Barrier Island

An October 2002 trip to Auckland by Janeight

Barrier Adventures Photo, Auckland, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Situated in the Hauraki Gulf, the Island is perfect for a weekend getaway. It has stunning coastal scenery, the inland is rugged and interesting, and it is steeped in history. It really is a must-visit place to see a part of untouched New Zealand.

Escape to Great Barrier Island

Overview

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Great Barrier Island has so much to offer - you can go kayaking in search of dolphins and penguins, take a four-wheel drive expedition across the many terrains that the Island consists of, laze around on the beach, tramp up a mountain, witness some of the many historical sights, or walk to the hotpools for a dip, to name but a few. I couldn't possibly pick out the best things, as I enjoyed every minute of my weekend on the Great Barrier Island.Quick Tips: Don't expect anything to be modern! There is no reticulated power or water - everything is generated or solar powered, which can be a bit of a shock if you're a townie!Best Way To Get Around: Roads are few and far between, and the...Read More

Barrier Adventures

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Barrier Adventures Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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We met Barry, our guide, at Claris Airfield, and he introduced himself, and gave us a brief, fascinating overview of the Island, a couple of safety instructions (don't hang out, and hold on tight when he tells us to!), and we were off. The tour is designed to show you the many ecosystems of the Island, and Barry is certainly the man to be shown around by! His wealth of local knowledge, and relationship with the other locals, means you get to know things about the Island you may never know otherwise, and also get to go places that are otherwise not available to the public. We first drove along Kaitoke beach, and had various bird life pointed out to us, as Barry explained which birds the lo...Read More

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Barrier Adventures
Runs from Claris Airfield
Auckland, New Zealand

Great Barrier Island Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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Great Barrier Island is situated in the outer Hauraki Gulf, and enjoys a wonderful climate in spring through to autumn, although the winter leaves the Island very windswept. The Island is the largest offshore island of the North Island, and is named so because it gives protection to the Gulf. It is also home to a huge amount of wildlife, including rare species of plant, animal and bird, such as the tui, brown teal duck, wood pigeon, and the occassional wild pig!The history of the Island is varied and interesting. The majority of the history involves logging and mining - in 1892, gold was found at Te Ahumata, and the gold rush started. A stamping battery was built especially for this, the former...Read More