Great Barrier Island

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1. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

has anyone here ever stayed on Great Barrier Island off of New Zealand?
is it worth the visit? i cant drive so i will be relying on there being stuff to see/do within walking distance or on the bus route? where would be best to stay on the island?

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

It was a few years ago, but my best friend and I visited Great Barrier Island for a couple of days at the start of our Work & Travel holiday. The island is nice and there's a beautiful national park that features a great walk and pretty beaches! The locals were also great and we liked the place where we camped, called The Great Barrier Lodge (they did have dorms, too). There we met a small group of other backpackers and everyone was very friendly and relaxed. I remember one guy went fishing and shared his catch when he got back to the hostel. We ended up having a huge dinner and everyone prepared something little. The only downside to Great Barrier is that you definitely have to rely on public transport or the locals giving you a lift to get around, although we rented bikes and that was fine, too.
If you're looking for a nice getaway for a weekend or so, I'd recommend you to go. It's a fairly quiet place and non-touristy all in all but that made it special and very New Zealand in a way (if you know what I mean ;)).


3. Posted by kruzinkiwi (Budding Member 152 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Yea I used to visit a friend and stay on a house boat over there.Its a great place,very laid back,very friendly people.Most locals will help you out and give advice.Awsome fishing but I aint telling you my spots sorry :).Good surf beaches on the north side.Loads of hiking and camping.I also went there on a school field trip camping and hiking,lovely place,clean and fresh.Have fun and enjoy.

4. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

thanks guys.
i say i will definatly go now. looking forward to it "heaps"