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Aotea Great Barrier Island – Hauraki Gulf – TOP PICK FOR ROMANTIC GETAWAY

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GLENFERN SANCTUARY & ACCOMMODATION

Glenfern Sanctuary is an 83 hectare Regional Park and the gateway to the predator fenced 240 hectare Kotuku Peninsula on the north-west coastline of Aotea Great Barrier Island. The Glenfern Sanctuary Trust with Ngati Rehua Ngatiwai ki Aotea nga mana whenua o Aotea Trust are committed to the principles of kaitiakitanga; guardianship and protection of our endangered flora and fauna and their habitats. The guardians cherish the mauri (life-force) across all of the taonga and mahi.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF GLENFERN

  • Walking tracks in pristine native bush
  • Accommodation in either the historic Fitzroy House or Glenfern Cottage
  • Aotea Great Barrier Island galleries, Aotea Community Art Gallery in Claris is open 7 days and is a great place to start
  • Hot Springs, Kaitoke Hot Springs are located on the track to Hirakimata / Mount Hobson. Access them via Whangaparapara Rd. The track is approximately an hour and a half return
  • Historic trails exploring the mining history of the island
  • Limited time, Glenfern is open to the public … check online for opening and closing hours beforehand to avoid disappointment

Glenfern Sanctuary offers a holiday with a difference, spend time volunteering, weeding and bird counts with the chance to enjoy island time slowly exploring the vibrant arts scene on the island ..

Great Barrier Island, Aotea @Andris Apse

BEST TIME TO VISIT AOTEA GREAT BARRIER ISLAND, HAURAKI GULF

Year round with Auckland’s sub-tropical climate meaning a waterproof layer and you are good to go

HOW MUCH TIME IS NEEDED TO VISIT AOTEA GREAT BARRIER ISLAND?

Several days exploring the island with its quirky galleries, wildlife and hot pools. You might not want to leave.

GETTING TO AUCKLAND 

Check out Auckland attractions, activities, things to do, places to go. For visitors who wish to explore Auckland further check out Auckland getting around, useful travel facts – Best Bits.

WHERE TO STAY

  • HAURAKI GULF ISLANDS OF MOTUTAPU OR AOTEA GREAT BARRIER
  • Downtown Auckland provides easy access to the Ferry Terminal Wharf and Auckland bus and train stations

DO YOU NEED A VEHICLE TO VISIT THE HAURAKI GULF ISLANDS?

The perfect holiday with no vehicle, no roads to drive on, just several ferry rides on the spectacular Auckland Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf.

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5 places to kayak yourself around the bays and rivers, shake off covid lockdown fever

Auckland adventures have a water playground in the backyard. Things to do include kayaking and exploring Hauraki Gulf Islands. New Zealand’s love affair with water sports is bone deep with Olympic rowing medals and yachting a celebrity sport. Paddle, row and jump into the deep end of water adventures. For adventurers wanting to keep their feet dry check out … learn more Auckland Adventures top 10 activities.

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