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Great Barrier Island vacation rentals

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Top-rated vacation rentals in Great Barrier Island

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Guest suite in Auckland
Tuscany Suite at Mount Tryphena Estate
The Tuscany Suite is a luxury self-contained suite located at Mt Tryphena Estate, a 13 acre hillside property with elevated seaviews overlooking Tryphena Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. Just one of three private suites built in an elegant Tuscan design, the estate buildings are made from eco-friendly plastered strawbales (thick walls) with bespoke wooden kauri joinery, native timber flooring and ceilings, and high quality accessories. Escape to your own private Tuscan-style holiday experience.
$153 per night
Cabin in Great Barrier Island
Tiki Cabin at Fantasy Island
An AirBnB that feels like a private Pacific island resort! The Tiki Cabin is set in landscaped cliff-top sub-tropical gardens with extensive sea views, only 2 mins stroll to the beach, a few minutes further to local shops, cafe, Barrier Social Club & the Irish Pub. The sleepout-style cabin has a queen bed & ensuite, DVD movie collection, private courtyard with sea views, & attached covered outdoor kitchen/BBQ area for self catering. Come to Fantasy Island for the holiday you deserve.
$168 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 .
$156 per night

Other great vacation rentals in Great Barrier Island

Rental unit in Great Barrier Island
Kaka Cottage,great harbour views
$90 per night
Vacation home in Auckland
Medland Mystic: Self Contained Studio
$112 per night
Home in Great Barrier Island
Medlands Sands
$330 per night
Home in Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Island, Okupu. Te Ahumata Retreat
$125 per night
Cottage in Auckland
Island Gin Bach. Medlands beachfront.
$218 per night
Cabin in Great Barrier Island
Le Cabanon an off-grid tiny cabin
$165 per night
Home in Auckland
Borneo Bungalow in the Bush
$137 per night
Loft in Great Barrier Island
Stonewall Village Loft
$112 per night
Tiny home in Auckland
The Patch, surf, fish & dive cabin on Barrier.
$187 per night
Rental unit in Great Barrier Island
XSPOT cliff top apartment, secluded 4WD location
$161 per night
Cottage in Great Barrier Island
The Whaler's Cottage Great Barrier Island
$249 per night
Home in Auckland
Medland Magic - enjoy privacy, views and the beach
$201 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.

When is 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.

What are the 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.