Things to do on Great Barrier Island

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Great Barrier Island is the perfect 'get away from it all' destination. The ideal location to relax... jump in the hammock with a good book, chill out on the beach with a cold beer or read the Sunday paper from cover to cover at the local cafe. But when you're ready for some action...  take a look at the ideas below.

Crazyhorse Trike Tours

Safe and secure on the back of ‘Crazyhorse’ our Rewaco factory-built trike is the ultimate way to see Great Barrier Island. The rear seat is designed to carry two passengers in comfort and style while they enjoy the unobstructed view and ‘wind in the face’ freedom that only a trike can offer.

The Ultimate Island Tour

Imagine cruising up the beautiful west coast by boat, exploring the private and secluded bays and in-lets on the way. Dolphins on the bow and the sun on your face as you make your way up through the Broken Islands and into the stunning Port Fitzroy Harbour.

Paddles and Saddles

Paddles and Saddles is your local Island Action Station!
If you're keen to explore Great Barrier's great outdoors you'll be glad you visited us first! We'll see you right for all your water and land based adventure equipment... from single and double kayaks to stand-up paddle boards and fishing gear. From rugged electric bikes to cool & classic economical scooters. We've got you covered!


Motubikes is for anyone who wants to make the most of exploring one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in Aotearoa.
Eco friendly and fun, fun, fun !! Check it out !

Surfboard and Wetsuit Hire

Salty Bushman surfboard and wetsuit hire offer you the chance to get out on the waves while you're visiting the Barrier without the hassle of bringing all your own gear with you. Not only that - they deliver ! With a large range of soft-boards, shortboards and wetsuits in all sizes you'll be out the back before you know it.
Click here for more information and contact details...

Bushwalks and Tramping

Great Barrier Island has over 20 tracks and trails making up more than 100 kilometres of bushwalking paradise. From the 10-minute scramble to the top of the Windy Canyon to the popular ‘Over The Top’ Mt. Hobson marathon of 6 hrs there really is something for everyone.

Star Treks - Guided Treks & Dark Sky Adventures

Experience Aotea, Great Barrier Island’s pristine forests, beaches and expansive ocean views.
As night falls, encounter our protected starry night skies and delight in the sounds of nocturnal creatures awakening...
Welcome to your next unforgettable adventure!

Good Heavens Dark Sky Experiences

Great Barrier Island is the worlds only Dark Sky Sanctuary island and one of only three Dark Sky Sanctuaries world-wide.
Our on-island Dark Sky Ambassadors 'Good Heavens' are ready and willing to take you on an exploration that will leave you star struck and mesmerised. If there's one activity you don't want to miss during your time on Great Barrier Island... This is it!

Fishing and Diving Charters

Everybody knows that there’s no fishing like Barrier fishing and whether you’re after that 20lb snapper or you just want to catch a good feed you’re in capable hands with our local operators.

Sundancer Coastal Cruises and Sightseeing Tours

Experience the beauty of Great Barrier Island  from a whole new perspective with Sundancer Coastal Cruises and Sightseeing Tours.
Cruise the stunning west coast or explore the beautiful Port FitzRoy Harbour... and indulge in our sensational on-board dining experience.

Mountain Biking

Paradise Cycles are the specialist mountain bike suppliers on Great Barrier Island. They also offer guided walks, guided mountain bike adventures, glamping and more.... Mountain bike rentals start at $30 per half day & $40 per full (24hrs) per person. 3 day rentals start at $99 per person. Mountain bike tours start at $75 per half day  & $110 per full day Phone: 09 4290 700

Great Barrier Island Horse Treks

For a real 'Back to Nature' experience come and meet Coachie, Trixie, Xavier, Tahu and Grayson....  GBI Horse Treks beautiful Barrier horses.

Shiny Paua Stand Up Paddle Boards

Shiny Paua Paddle Boards are based in Whangaparapara and offer a good range of boards, paddles and gear to suit all ages and abilities. Beginners lessons and harbour tours available.

Great Barrier Island Golf Course

Ready for a challenge? Grab your clubs or hire a set of ours and come on down to the golf club in Claris. You'll love our local hospitality and nine holes of awesome Barrier Style Golf. See you there!

Milk Grain and Honey Museum

Located just outside Claris heading towards Medlands, you'll find this little gem of a museum. To leave this off your Great Barrier Island to-do list is to rob yourself of a enlightening look into the Barriers fascinating past.

Great Barrier Island Golf Club

The Golf Club have their 9-hole course and clubrooms just past the sports club on the Whangaparapara Road north of Claris. The club is open on Thursdays and Sundays but visitors with their own clubs are welcome to use the honesty box facility and enjoy a round of golf on non-club days. The course is a credit to the hard work of the members and committee. Visitors will enjoy the sheltered location and layout of the course and enjoying a beer or wine with the friendly locals after the game will top off a great day. Enquiries: 09 4290 420 

Great Barrier Island Sports Club

The Great Barrier Island Sports & Social Club is situated at the beginning of Whangaparapara Road, just 200 metres from the Crossroads. Here you’ll find a great variety of sports to enjoy. Touch football, rugby, tennis, cricket, pool, table tennis and darts. The clubrooms feature a fully licensed bar and the kitchen serves full meals, fish, chips and burgers etc. Open from 4 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors and sports teams welcome. Enquiries: 09 4290 260

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