Great Barrier Island Aotea
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Located in the Auckland region
The Aotea Conservation Park on Great Barrier Island/Aotea spreads over more than 12,000 hectares and offers multiple walking tracks for novice and experienced walkers. It's the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and families.
Discover beautiful beaches, a wide variety of native birds and animals as well as the famous Kaitoke Hot Springs.
Take an easy 30 minute scenic flight, or a daily ferry to this island, rich with Maori heritage and numerous archaeological sites.
In the island's centre, spectacular bluffs and ridges rise to the highest peak, Hirakimata or Mount Hobson, at 621 m. To the west, forest covered ranges meet the coast, a maze of bays, islands and indented fiords. The eastern coastline has sweeping white sands and surf beaches, often backed by tidal creeks and wetlands.
Hirakimata and other high points in the centre of the island are the main nesting area for black petrel in New Zealand. Over 60% of New Zealand's entire pateke or brown teal population live on the island. Many of these small brown ducks frequent the wetlands of the Whangapoua estuary.
This is also one of only a few offshore island groups containing spotless crake and fern bird. It is a stronghold for North Island kaka and banded rail. There are over 13 species of lizard, including the rarest skink in the region - the chevron skink.
Great Barrier Island lies 100 km northeast of downtown Auckland on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf.
Several companies service the island by sea and air. Taxis and car rentals are available on the island. At peak holiday times, buses run unscheduled trips to all campsites on the island from Shoal Bay Wharf, Tryphena Harbour.
Find authorised transport operators to this island.
DOC staff are on 24 hour duty at Great Barrier campsites during the peak holiday period.
Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park bylaws apply. Do not light fires, or remove/disturb plants and artefacts. No bicycles or pets. Take your rubbish with you – there are no rubbish bins.
Some activities require a permit, such as weddings and events.
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