Aotea/Great Barrier Island
Aotea/Great Barrier is one of New Zealand’s most isolated and idyllic islands, named because it forms the barrier between the Hauraki Gulf and the Pacific Ocean. The island is only 90km north east of Auckland, but as far away from city life as you can imagine.
With just 1200 permanent residents, the island attracts around 60,000 visitors each year. Flights, ferries and accommodation book out fast, so book in advance if you’re planning to visit Great Barrier over busy summer holiday periods. Outside of peak season, transport services are less frequent and some accommodation options close for the winter.
Hooked on Barrier’s charter vessel is located at the Whangaparapara harbour, on the west of the island. Most charters leave from here, unless otherwise arranged.
Please remember that due to our isolation, typical mainland services are limited.
- There is no mains power on the island, and no streetlights, which is great for stargazing, but does mean you should bring a torch.
- Water on the island is untreated, so we recommend that you boil all drinking water.
- EFTPOS is available in most shops, but please bring cash with you. There are no ATMs or banks on the island.
- There is a pharmacy and medical centre, but please bring any prescription medication you need.
- Cell phone reception on the island is limited. Card phones are located in most of the main settlements.