Welcome to Great Barrier Island


Although only 88km and a 30-minute flight from Auckland, Great Barrier seems a world away. The island has no supermarket, no mains electricity supply (only private solar, wind and diesel generators) and no mains drainage (only septic tanks). Some roads are unsealed and petrol costs are high. Mobile-phone reception is improving but still limited and there are no banks, ATMs or street lights. Two-thirds of the island is publicly owned and managed by DOC.

From around mid-December to mid-January is the peak season, so make sure you book transport, accommodation and activities well in advance.


Top experiences in Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island activities

$104.30 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Waiheke Island Wine and Scenery Tour with Wine Tastings

If you are coming from Downtown Auckland, you will need to catch the 10am Fullers ferry to Waiheke Island.  Please arrive at the terminal 30 minutes before your ferry departs as ferries fill up quickly (especially during the Summer months) and tickets are sold on a first in line first served basis. Your tour guide will meet you when you arrive at Matiatia Ferry terminal at approximately 10:35am. If you are already on Waiheke Island just let us know where you're staying and we'll arrange to pick you up from your accommodation. Your tour will drive you through the main village of Oneroa and past Oneroa beach. We will take the back streets past gorgeous ocean views and stop at Palm Beach where we will take a brief bush walk down to a lovely lookout with views stretching out to The Coromandel Peninsula & Great Barrier Island. You will then have a chance to meet some lovely local Waihetians when we visit a local cafe for your morning tea or coffee or if you are booked on a Saturday we will visit Waiheke's local craft/farmers market. Your tour will then make it's way to a small boutique vineyard for a wine tasting.  The quality of wine is award winning and we are sure you will love it.  After your wine tasting we will take a scenic drive past Waiheke's longest beach and onto your next stop for lunch (not included in tour price)  This will be at another beautiful Waiheke vineyard and will be where you can enjoy a second tasting. Your tour will then make its way past some more breathtaking scenery and onto the third boutique vineyard for a tasting.  Pending seasonal availability you may also have the opportunity to taste some local extra virgin olive oil/honey, feed some local Alpacas by hand,  sample some local Craft beer or enjoy a swim at a local beach.At the end of your tour your guide will either drop you at the ferry terminal for your 4pm ferry back to Auckland or your Waiheke Island accommodation, or if you wish to spend the last few hours of daylight in Oneroa Village or at another vineyard enjoying the sunset then it's only a short walk to the ferry terminal.Small groups make for fun and flexibility so you can really get to know your fellow travellers. You will be taken off the beaten track where the big buses can't venture.

$90.40 Outdoor Activities

Half-Day Double Headland Coastal Walk on Waiheke Island

Catch the 9am ferry from downtown Auckland (sailing is approximately 35 minutes) and meet your local guide at Matiatia ferry dock for a 10am start. Your walk around the double headlands starts as soon as we have met and briefed you.  On our way around the Matiatia headland, including Owhanake Bay, you can enjoy approximately 2 hours of beautiful views of the Hauraki Gulf Islands, Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel; spot sea birds, native plants and, if you’re lucky, orcas or dolphins. Along the way, learn about the history and ecology of the Hauraki Gulf and Waiheke Island, its conservation projects and island life. We stop for lunch at Oneroa Village – eat in one of the local cafes, order a lunchbox or bring your own and picnic on the beach. After lunch, we will walk the Te Pio Rehiti Reserve and around the Church Bay headland, through a sculpture park and a stunning bush reserve, past amazing homes, city and sea views – approximately 2 hours.The walk ends back at Matiatia in time for you to catch the 4pm ferry to Auckland.