Great Adventures

There is lots to see and do on the island. Check out these options or contact us for local advice.


Explore Tryphena

Driving map
Download the brochure for everything you need to know to enjoy exploring Great Barrier Island for the day.
Explore Tryphena

Explore Tryphena
Download the brochure and enjoy exploring Tryphena for the day.
Explore Port Fitzroy

Explore Whangaparapara
Download the brochure and enjoy exploring Whangaparapara for the day.
Explore Port Fitzroy

Explore Port Fitzroy
Download the brochure and enjoy exploring Port Fitzroy for the day.
Aotea Track

Walk the Aotea Track
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SUGGESTED ITINERARY for a self-managed three day visit

Day 1

Check in 60 minutes prior to your ferry departure from Wynyard Quarter, Auckland City, ready for an 8am departure. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the ferry (read the paper or a book, watch a movie, have a sleep in your car!) before your arrival at Tryphena, Great Barrier Island at 12:30pm.

Once you’ve found your accommodation and checked in, use the afternoon to explore. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Visit local artists Sarah Harrison (potter) and the Black Cow where Peter Edmonds (wood carver and painter) and Fenella Christian (painter) are based
  • Sit in comfort and style while you enjoy unobstructed views and feel the ‘wind in your face’ freedom that only a ride on a Crazyhorse trike can offer
  • Enjoy a leisurely walk along Pah Beach at Tryphena
  • Walk along Medlands Beach or go for a surf (wave permitting)

Surfing on Aotea/Great Barrier Island. Photo by Renee Freeland

Surfing on Aotea/Great Barrier Island. Photo by Renee Freeland

Day 2

Embark on your day tour of the island. The island is steeped in history and there are many families living there today whose forbears were the first settlers. Your tour today will include little local museums, Windy Canyon for 360 degree views of this island paradise and a walk into the Kaitoke Hot Springs for a Barrier style spa in the bush. Boil the billy on the beach for a cuppa before returning to your accommodation. Dine at your accommodation or perhaps meet up with the locals down at the local sports club or nearest restaurant.

Kayaking Kaitoke estuary. Photo by Reneee Freeland<

Kayaking Kaitoke estuary. Photo by Renee Freeland

Day 3

Enjoy a leisurely day on the island or sample from one of the items below:

  • Enjoy a half-day kayak tour around the picturesque Whangaparapara Harbour
  • Take a guided walk through Glenfern Sanctuary over a swing bridge into the crown of a 600 year old kauri tree (entry time 11am – tour is approximately 1.5 hours). Bookings are essential.
  • Take a 30 minute gentle graded walk on Warrens track from Port Fitzroy through a kauri plantation to a waterfall where the stream has many deep pools that are ideal for swimming.

There are several cafes to choose from for lunch at Claris (My Fat Puku, Scoff and Tackle, Swallow, the Lunchbox), or Tryphena (Pah Beach Cafe, Mulberry Grove Store) as you head back to Tryphena wharf for your return sailing to Auckland. Departure is at 3pm, with arrival back in Auckland City at 7.30pm.