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Things to do on Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier has a wonderful range of activities and natural attractions. There are a variety of walking tracks through the stunning terrain, or try fishing, kayaking, boating, horse riding, golf or bird watching.

Guided tours are a great way to learn about the island and get to know the friendly locals. There are many excellent nature, walking and sightseeing tours.

Great Barrier walks and tramping
The walks on Great Barrier Island are amongst the best in New Zealand. Choose between a guided tour or explore the many walking tracks at your leisure.

Recommended tramping trails include:

  • Rosalie Bay to Medlands Beach
  • Mt. Hobson (Hirakimata) via Windy Canyon
  • Harataonga coastal walk
  • White Cliffs (Te Ahumata)
  • Kaitoke Hot Pools
  • Port FitzRoy & the Kauri Dams

Great Barrier Travel’s bus services offer access to all the tramping trails on the Island (09) 4290 474
Glenfern Sanctuary Port Fitzroy (09) 429 0091
Discover Great Barrier Guided Walks (021) 420 935

Fishing and Diving

Great Barrier Island is a haven for casual divers and snorkelers and offers some of the most varied scuba diving in New Zealand. Visibility is usually excellent and the abundant sea life offers rewarding dives in both shallow and deeper waters.

Mokum Fishing Charters (09) 429 0550
Chaos Charters (027) 297 3141
Hooked on Barrier (09) 429 0740
Lady Hillary Charters (09) 429 0762

Mountain Bike Hire

Great Barrier Island offers impressive mountain bike riding for all levels and is an adventurous way to see much of the island.

Great Barrier Travel’s bus services will carry bikes for a small fee – $10.00.
Paradise Cycles, Claris & Tryphena (09) 4290 700


Great Barrier Island is a wonderful place to kayak either independently or with a guide.

Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre guided kaying tours and surf kayaking tours (09) 429 0762
Aotea Kayaks, Tryphena
freedom hire and tours (09) 4290 664
Port Fitzroy kayak hire (09) 4290 091

Other adventures
The Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre on Great Barrier Island provides a full range of adventures for those wishing to explore Great Barrier Island.

Sailing, coasteering, rock climbing, bush adventures and a range of freedom equipment is available for rent.

Bush and Beach providing eco-tours to Great Barrier Island

Eating out

  • Wild Rose Cafe, Tryphena
  • Claris Texas Cafe
  • Currach Irish Pub
  • Tipi & Bob's
  • Stray Possum Lodge
  • Tryphena Social Club
  • Port Fitzroy Boating Club
  • The Jetty Port Fitzroy
  • Angsana Thai Restaurant, Claris


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