Great Barrier Island

This off-grid island is home to about 1000 residents who adore its beauty and simplicity. Accessible by ferry or plane, Great Barrier Island is a haven for nature lovers with native forest, natural springs and abundant flora and fauna.

Great Barrier Island (Māori: Aotea) lies in the outer Hauraki GulfNew Zealand, 100 kilometres northeast of central Auckland. With an area of 285 square kilometres. it is the sixth-largest island of New Zealand and the fourth-largest in the main chain. Its highest point, Mount Hobson, is 627 metres (2,057 ft) above sea level.

The island was initially exploited for its minerals and kauri trees and saw only limited agriculture. In 2013, it was inhabited by 939 people, mostly living from farming and tourism. The majority of the island (around 60% of the total area) is administered as a nature reserve by the Department of Conservation. In 2009 the island atmosphere was described as being "life in New Zealand many decades back".

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