What does it mean to be offgrid?

There is no reticulated power or water on Aotea/Great Barrier Island. This “off-the-grid” lifestyle means everyone must collect their own water and create their own power – making both resources precious.

What does this mean for your holiday?

  • You’ll get the chance to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with the simple life.
  • Our power systems are sensitive and you shouldn’t pack your hairdryer, straighteners or other mod cons that use lots of electricity. Charging mobile and laptop devices is generally fine, but check with your host.
  • Water is collected by each household or accommodation provider. It is a precious commodity, particularly with the impact of drought in recent years. Please ensure you only use what you need.
  • A few of our accommodation providers may have a long drop or composting toilet. If this doesn’t suit you, perhaps check ahead with your host.

The island’s housing and accommodation is by no means basic. Technology has brought about huge advancements in recent years and you’ll be surprised what conveniences are still available using solar and battery technology. Cell signal is available across most of the island, most accommodation providers have Wi-Fi, and there are some public Wi-Fi locations on the island.

Off the Grid

The Off the Grid Festival is an annual event held in May, showcasing the latest technologies and offering the chance to look at off-the-grid properties around the island.

Top tip: Our locals love talking to people about their off grid lifestyles, and teaching visitors about self-sufficiency. People move here to be self-sufficient; it’s not a hassle, and this lifestyle is a passion for many of our residents.

There are no upcoming events at this time.
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