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Top-rated vacation rentals in Great Barrier Island

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Cottage in Auckland
Island Gin Bach. Medlands beachfront.
ISLAND GIN BACH. MEDLANDS BEACHFRONT. This cottage is where Island Gin was born. Andi Ross, first experimented distilling gin here in 2017. A lot has changed since then. In fact everything as the cottage has been totally renovated and is 88 steps to the dunes. With sea glimpses, watch the sunrise over the Pacific and see it set from the architecturally awarded "Wetland Folly." The Island Gin cottage is perfect for a couple, however a separate double bedroom is available by arrangement.
Oct 25 – Nov 1
$235 per night
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Home in Great Barrier Island
Deep Blue Haven
Situated on the idyllic and peaceful Great Barrier Island, a unique summer time paradise, and warm cosy winter retreat. Experience the self-sufficiency of an "off-grid" lifestyle and enjoy a simple life, at a slower pace. Feel rejuvenated by escaping from a busy life ... just for awhile. Deep Blue Haven has elevated panoramic views overlooking sheltered and pristine Whangaparapara Harbour, native forest hills and valleys, across to the historic whaling station, then out to sea.
Apr 1 – 8
$128 per night
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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 .
Jul 28 – Aug 4
$133 per night

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Other great vacation rentals in Great Barrier Island

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Medlands Sands
Apr 5 – 12
$372 per night
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Cottage in Great Barrier Island
The Whaler's Cottage Great Barrier Island
Sep 21 – 28
$223 per night
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Loft in Great Barrier Island
Stonewall Village Loft
Aug 25 – Sep 1
$124 per night
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Cabin in Great Barrier Island
Tāne Cabin and Fantasy Island
Dec 2 – 9
$167 per night
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Home in Great Barrier Island
Tryphena Retreat | 2 Min Walk Gooseberry/ Pa Beach
Aug 10 – 17
$310 per night
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Home in Auckland
'Kiwi As' cosy family Bach
Nov 9 – 16
$69 per night
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Cabin in Auckland
Dark Sky Cabins
Oct 13 – 20
$149 per night
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Cottage in Great Barrier Island
Secluded Seaside Cottage within Wildlife Sanctuary
Feb 7 – 14
$178 per night
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Motu Honey House
Sep 13 – 20
$143 per night
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Guest suite in Great Barrier Island
Medlands Sanctuary
Sep 5 – 12
$139 per night
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Villa in Auckland
175 ° East - Pitokuku House
Jun 25 – Jul 2
$307 per night
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Vacation home in Great Barrier Island
Medlands Beach Bach
Jun 23 – 30
$168 per night

Other great vacation rentals in Great Barrier Island

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Tiny home in Great Barrier Island
Rakitu Views
Apr 12 – 19
$53 per night
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Cabin in Great barrier island
Remote Paradise - Allom Bay Cabin
Dec 4 – 11
$112 per night
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Apartment in Great Barrier Island
XSPOT cliff top apartment, secluded 4WD location
Jan 12 – 19
$165 per night
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Tiny home in Auckland
The Patch, surf, fish & dive cabin on Barrier.
May 13 – 20
$173 per night
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Cabin in Great Barrier Island
Le Cabanon an off-grid tiny cabin
Jun 7 – 14
$142 per night
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Tent in Auckland
Huia's Tent
Sep 1 – 8
$126 per night
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Home in Great Barrier Island
Medlands on the Beach
Jun 10 – 17
$217 per night
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Mabey's Beach House
May 15 – 22
$515 per night
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Home in Auckland
Medlands Seascape
Jul 3 – 10
$161 per night
Home in Auckland
The Lazy Fish on Great Barrier Island
Apr 10 – 17
$310 per night
Apartment in Great Barrier Island
Kaka Cottage,great harbour views
Sep 29 – Oct 6
$93 per night
Cottage in Great Barrier Island
Koru cottage Medlands Beach, Great Barrier Island
Dec 17 – 24
$185 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.


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.


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.

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