Great Barrier Island coastal view
Great Barrier Island is free of some pests - help keep it this way.
Before you visit, check for stowaways that may be harmful to wildlife on this island. Read more about Treasure Islands.
Great Barrier is the largest island off the North Island coast. More than 60% of the island is public land administered by the Department of Conservation. There are a range of short walking tracks and longer routes, several campsites, a hut, mountain bike routes, and many natural and historic features to explore.
About 850 people live on the island, and there are a number of small settlements with shops and accommodation.
View the Great Barrier Island Aotea brochure (PDF, 2,866K).
Kauri dieback has been found on Great Barrier Island.
Please visit the kauri dieback website to find out how you can help stop its spread.
Great Barrier Island is the largest island off the North Island coast. More than 60% of the island is managed as conservation lands by DOC.
On Great Barrier Island you can take a soak in thermal springs, tramp through coastal forests or snorkel in an isolated cove. Boating, kayaking and fishing are other popular activities on the island.
Accommodation on Great Barrier Island ranges from backcountry camping to places to stay in the small settlements that dot the island.
Find out how to get to Great Barrier Island Aotea and how you can help look after the island.
Find out about a field trip to Great Barrier, one of New Zealand's largest offshore islands.
Learn about the historic heritage of Great Barrier Island Aotea and it's important place in Maori tradition.
Find out more about the pest-free warrant recommended for commercial vessels and concessionaires visiting pest-free islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services on Great Barrier Island Aotea.
Great Barrier Island Aotea map (PDF, 1,147 K)
Stop the spread of didymoCheck, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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