Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Island (Aotea) represents New Zealand the way it used to be - a sparsely populated and rugged landscape. It is the remoteness, seclusion and natural beauty which attract people to Great Barrier - to live and to visit. Although part of Auckland City, Great Barrier Island is 90km away to the northeast, in the outer Hauraki Gulf. It has a permanent population of around 1200 people which is known to skyrocket to between 12,000 - 15,000 during the peak summer period. Great Barrier Island is accessible by sea or air.
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Escape to a magic holiday on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand just 30 minutes flying time from Auckland City or 4 - 5 hours on the car ferry.
Bay Lodge is nestled in 10 acres of lush native bush and gardens above lovely Okupu Bay. Bay Lodge accommodation has a Qualmark rating of 4 Star Plus and has everything you could need for a comfortable stay. The airy one-bedroom, self-contained and serviced cottage sleeps two people in a comfortable queen-sized bed. The layout is open-plan with a fully appointed modern kitchen and bathroom. There is a woodfire for cosy winter evenings. Follow the private bush track for a few minutes and you will find yourself on a beautiful sandy beach where you can swim, and sunbathe in peace and quiet. Try out our windsurfer, enjoy boogie boarding, a spot of fishing off the rocks or mess about in the dinghy. Finish your day on the deck, in the warm evening air, sipping wine and watching the spectacular sunsets.
At the Currach Irish Pub and Pohutukawa Lodge we have a 30/40 seat licensed a la carte restaurant with both indoor and alfresco dining.
Welcome to one of New Zealand's best kept secrets. A short 30 minute scenic flight, from Auckland, will take you over the islands of the Hauraki Gulf and to a remote, untouched, beautiful island paradise - a haven of peace and tranquility.
The bush is silent now. Gone are the sounds of axe and saw, the pounding of the stamping battery and the whistle of the logging trains. Gone also is the birdsong that echoed throughout this island before the habitat of many native species was destroyed.
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Splendid views from our absolute waterfront suites surrounded by spectacular bush clad scenery. 60% of the island is national forest and the Lodge is at the gateway to tramping tracks, bush walks, hot pools, golfing, fishing, boating, diving, kayaking, surfing, horse riding and swimming.
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