Things to do on Great Barrier Island
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.
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.
Dark Sky Sanctuary 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.
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
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!
Self Drive Art Discovery Trail
Here is a great opportunity to get a little 'off the beaten track' and meet some of our island artists in their own environment. The trail begins at the Shoal Bay Pottery and ends in Claris at the Community Art Gallery. You'll meet potters, woodcarvers, weavers, painters & jewellers and have the opportunity to buy their wares.
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.
Sea and River Kayaking
Great Barrier Island is a kayakers’ paradise. The western shoreline is enhanced with sheltered coves and in-lets and the main harbours of Tryphena, Okupu, Whangaparapara and Port FitzRoy afford the adventurer plenty to explore and enjoy. Kaitoke River Kayak Hire has their base at the Kaitoke Bridge right on the river. They have a large range of kayaks available for private hire if you prefer to ‘go it alone’. The Northern end of Kaitoke Beach and the further reaches of the Kaitoke wetlands are both within easy paddling distance and are a safer option for those not keen on getting out in the ocean. Phone: 09 4290 222 Hooked On Barrier hires out a range of kayaks for private use around the island. They also have a huge range of fishing, diving and camping equipment available for hire and sale. You’ll find wetsuits, surfboards, bait and tackle and all the accessories you need. Check out their great store in Claris while you’re waiting for them to fill your dive bottles. Phone: 09 4290 740.
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