Stephen Griffith, Trade Development Coordinator based in Wellington, recalls an enjoyable holiday on Great Barrier Island.

Name: Stephen Griffith

Position: Trade Development Coordinator

What is your favourite ‘undiscovered location’ in New Zealand?
Great Barrier Island.

Why is it special to you?
Great Barrier Island is New Zealand’s 4th largest Island.  Friendly locals, spectacular pohutukawa fringed beaches, big tracts of native bush including regenerating kauri, wonderful short to multi day walks, hot pools and no possums.  Surprising ventures like Nature’s Garden B&B and macadamia farm. Very limited mobile coverage by community decision.
 
Who did you travel with?
Have popped over independently twice.
 
What is your best piece of advice for people visiting this location?
Fly Auckland Domestic to Claris (35 minutes) having pre booked a car.  None of the major rental car firms are based on Barrier and expect Island fuel prices but at over 40km long self-drive is a great way to get around.  Alternatively, GBI Shuttle Buses provide a shuttle service from the Airport that takes in the must do attractions, including the start of the tracks to the top of the Island via Windy Canyon and the Kaitoke Hot Pools. 
 
What is the closest airport/how do you get there? 
Great Barrier Island is 90km northeast of Auckland. Regular scheduled fixed-wing flights operate between Auckland domestic airport and Great Barrier Aerodrome in Claris, on the eastern side of the island. Flights take approximately 35 minutes. Sea plane and helicopters are also available.
 
A ferry service links Auckland and Great Barrier Island.
 

Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island is a large island, home to stunning golden beaches, crystal-clear waters and impressive native forests. Popular activities on the island include swimming, snorkelling, surfing, walking/hiking, fishing, soaking in natural hot springs, and bird watching.  
 
Your clients might like to explore the island on a guided tour, sightseeing boat tour, or even motorised trike tour.
 
Great Barrier Island is free of some pests. Visitors can help to preserve the island by checking for stowaways that may be harmful to wildlife on this island, before leaving the mainland. Learn more on the Department of Conservation (DOC) website.