What's Great Barrier Island like?
New Zealand's only National Marine Park, Great Barrier Island appeals to outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and those seeking a tranquil escape from the noise of modern life. Most of the island is a conservation park, home to natural wonders like Hirakimata (Mount Hobson) and the Kaitoke hot springs. Even the night sky is protected as one of the world's few Dark Sky Sanctuaries, where city dwellers can experience the jaw-dropping sight of the Milky Way for the first time.
Which airlines fly to Great Barrier Island?
Barrier Air flies from Auckland, Tauranga and a few regional airports.
Fly My Sky flies from Auckland.
Sunair flies from Hamilton, Tauranga and regional locations.
How long is the flight to Great Barrier Island?
Auckland to Great Barrier Island
30 minutes (direct)
Hamilton to Great Barrier Island
45 minutes (direct)
Tauranga to Great Barrier Island
45 minutes (direct)
What is the best time to visit Great Barrier Island?
Summer is the most popular time to visit. You'll enjoy plenty of sunshine and there's less chance of hikes and other excursions being rained off.
However, the island also becomes crowded during this time, so it can be harder to find last-minute accommodation and rental cars.
Do I need a visa for Great Barrier Island?
No. All passengers need to carry identification to board their flight, such as a passport or driver's licence.
How expensive is Great Barrier Island?
Goods and facilities are limited on the island, which makes the cost of living expensive. There are no banks or ATMs, so you need to bring enough cash to cover your trip, though some businesses accept credit cards and other EFTPOS cards.
You can save money by bringing some supplies with you or organising an all-inclusive tour.
Arriving in Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Aerodrome (GBZ) is the main airfield on Great Barrier Island, less than 2km from the town of Claris. There are no security checks or formal arrival procedures at the airport, which is small with very limited facilities.
There is no public transport or taxi service on the island, so you should arrange a transfer to pick you up. You can also hire a car, though demand is high in the peak summer season.
Make sure you check in with your airline 25 minutes before your scheduled flight to Great Barrier Island, or your booking may be cancelled.
Useful tips about Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Island gets busiest during December and January. If you're planning to travel during this time, you should book everything well in advance.
The Coromandel Coastal Walkway is one of New Zealand's top 10 tramping tracks.
Travelling with a canine companion? Great Barrier Island has one of NZ's best dog-friendly beaches.
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