Auckland region

Beach at Whangapoua, Great Barrier Island. Photo: Craig Potton. DOC USE ONLY.

Beach at Whangapoua, Great Barrier Island

Auckland region map.

Great Barrier is one of New Zealand's largest offshore islands and over 60 percent of it is public conservation land.

It has diverse habitats, including kauri forest remnants, wetlands and estuaries, freshwater ecosystems, fiord-like inner harbours and exposed coast. It is a haven for many rare and unusual species like brown teal, black petrel, chevron skink, kaka and stag beetles.

The island is not suitable for day visits because of its remote location on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf (except for schools on Great Barrier Island.

View the Great Barrier Island Aotea brochure (PDF, 2,866K)


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For more information contact your local DOC office or email