Great Barrier Island
New Zealand


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Coastal Track - Harataonga to Okiwi90km north east of Auckland, just over 3 hours by ferry and 30mins by plane Great Barrier Island (Aotea) is a 'world of its own'.  Although part of Auckland Central the island is as different to any city as you could get.  Take a trip back in time to when roads were unsealed and drivers acknowledged one another.  There are no banks, no traffic lights and just a few shops.  Water is mainly what comes from the sky and power is generated by generator and/or alternative power systems. 

On the west coast of the island steep, forest covered ranges climb to Hirakimata, the highest peak at 621m.  On the eastern coast sweeping white sand beaches, tidal creeks and wetlands.  The absence of possums allows plant life to flourish and Great Barrier Island has an impressive variety of birds, many of which are threatened and endangered. Hirakimata (Mt Hobson) is a mountain of significance in Ngati Wai oral tradition and identity.  'Hi-raki-ma-ta' literally means 'lightning striking the cliff'.

Although once logged much of the island is now covered with regenerating forest and bush and some fine stands of kauri still remain.  In June 2014 the last remaining Kauri Dam was destroyed in a storm which caused extensive damage to roads and tracks at the northern end of the island.

There is a variety of walking tracks from a short walk to visit a waterfall or some hot springs to the longer walk taking you to the highest most point of the island.  View the regenerating forest of native trees, and enjoy the unspoilt natural beauty along with panoramic views.

Palmers BeachFrom beaches to sheltered bays and steep forest covered hills to mangrove estuaries the Barrier has a diverse landscape.  The brown teal duck, black petrel, North Island kaka, banded rail, NZ dotterel and chevron skink are just some of the endangered species this habitat provides for.

There is always a welcoming smile and a hand of friendship for visitors to this small Barrier community of about 900.  The pace of life is slower here usually and things don't always happen on time, they happen in 'Barrier time'.  This is a unique and special place not just bTe Ahumata (Whitecliffs)ecause of it's beauty but for the tranquillity, the peace and quiet it has to offer all who wish to experience it.

Great Barrier Island was named such by Captain Cook who sighted the island whilst sailing, on the Endeavour,up from the Firth of Thames and crossing the Hauraki Gulf between Cape Colville and Point Rodney on 23rd November 1769.  Aotea is the Maori name for the island.


PREDATORS: to the native flora and fauna on Great Barrier Island