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Great Barrier Island vacation rentals

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Cabin in Great Barrier Island
Le Cabanon an off-grid tiny cabin
We would like to welcome you to our secluded sanctuary Le Cabanon - an eco-friendly, off the grid unique experience with beautiful views, close to the beach, cafes, pubs & restaurants. Reconnect, reset & relax. Perfect for individuals and couples that want to unplug, recharge and re-connect with themselves each other and beautiful nature This chalet is fully off the grid, running solely on solar; our own water source and a composting flush toilet, with all the modern luxuries for your comfort
$110 per night
Home in Great Barrier Island
Jacks Sanctuary, a luxury boutique lodge
Jacks Sanctuary, luxury boutique accomodation in the heart of Tryphena, on Great Barrier Island. A 3 minute walk to the beach, Irish pub, cafe and local store. Two bedroom one bathroom, with a beautiful double bath set privately in the bush to enjoy our stunning Dark Sky Sanctuary nights. Bath robes, beach towels and cosy inside gas fire. Incredible sea views with lemon, lime, and mandarin trees and herb and salad garden for you to use at your leisure. Hammock, Internet, coffee machine.
$387 per night
Home in Great Barrier Island
Bird Rock Retreat
Our special retreat-like bach is tucked away up a drive overlooking Pa Beach. Hidden from the street, it has massive 270 degree bush and sea views, sunsets over the bay and native birds playing around you. This modernised home is set up for comfort - with uber comfy beds & couches, a fully equipped kitchen (including BBQ, nutribullet etc). You can easily recluse, escape the noise, nestle in and relax .
$149 per night

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Rental unit in Great Barrier Island
XSPOT cliff top apartment, secluded 4WD location
$209 per night
Loft in Great Barrier Island
Stonewall Village Loft
$107 per night
Bungalow in Great Barrier Island
Fabulous Private Experience
$176 per night
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Medland Mystic: Self Contained Studio
$107 per night

Your guide to Great Barrier Island

All About Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island is located just off the North Island of New Zealand, around 55 miles from Auckland. It’s the largest of the Hauraki Gulf Islands, but you’d never know that by its population: more than half of the island is a nature reserve and only 1,000 people live here, spread across a handful of small towns and settlements in off-the-grid homes powered by solar and wind energy. This environmentally sustainable lifestyle contributes to the island’s classification as a Dark Sky Sanctuary, which means you can expect crystal-clear stargazing here.

The island’s lush green landscapes, sparkling white-sand beaches, untouched wetlands, and natural hot springs are ripe for exploration. Hirakimata (Mount Hobson) is a popular hiking spot, as its 2,000-foot peak offers panoramic views. Great Barrier Island is situated in New Zealand’s only National Marine Park, which makes for excellent diving and snorkelling conditions too.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Great Barrier Island

Auckland has relatively moderate weather all year round, so there is no bad time to secure your Great Barrier Island vacation rentals. The summer months of December through March tend to be hot and sunny, with picture-perfect weather for hiking or hitting the beach. This is a very popular time to visit, especially during the school holidays, so book plane or ferry tickets well in advance. Spring (September through December) and fall (March through June) are great times to visit, as they are usually quieter, but you can still count on good weather. During the winter, it can get damp and chilly, so make sure you pack a few extra layers. It’s always smart to bring high-SPF sunscreen when traveling in New Zealand.

Top things to do in Great Barrier Island

Kaitoke Hot Springs

Kaitoke Hot Springs in the center of the island are natural rock pools of geothermal water surrounded by umbrella ferns — they’ve been left unadorned, with the exception of a nearby picnic table. The springs are a gentle 45-minute walk from the closest road, following an ancient shoreline and winding through kanuka forests where you may view spotless crakes and fernbirds.

Hirakimata (Mount Hobson)

Hirakimata (Mount Hobson) is the highest point on Great Barrier Island, and its peak offers sweeping views of Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula. It is accessible via a three-hour hiking trail that passes otherworldly rock formations and leads through the famous Windy Canyon, which features sheer rock faces covered in lush vegetation.

Medlands Beach

As one of the island’s most popular beaches, Medlands Beach is a great spot for swimming, stargazing, and surfing thanks to its exposed beach break. The curves of the Sugarloaf headlands create an idyllic scene here with powdery sand, rolling grass-covered dunes, and cerulean waters.

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