things to do on great barrier island

Top 5 Local Experiences on Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island Local Experiences:  Top 5 Local Experiences on Great Barrier Island

Things To Do on Great Barrier Island

There are endless things to do on Great Barrier Island.  Here, we talk about the local experiences.  On Great Barrier Island, there are so many businesses to check out and support, and they all add to the overall experience during your visit to the Island.  It's what makes the island unique... something for everyone. 

  1. Stay High Island Camping Co.:  This is an easy one, so look no further for your car hire on Great Barrier Island.  Cruise around in style and enjoy all the beaches, walking tracks, waterfalls, hot pools, and quirky local cafes that the island has to offer.  Enjoy great barrier island camping in some of NZ's most amazing coastal campsites in your very own unique roof top tent.  With all the camping gear included, all you need to do is bring your togs and towel.  This is the ultimate Great Barrier Island accommodation.  Stay High Island Camping Co allows you to take advantage of the best of Great Barrier Island camping.
  2. Star Treks Tours & Good Heavens Tours: Come and experience the incredible night sky of Great Barrier Island.  Designated a Dark Sky Sanctuary, it is regarded as one of the best places in the world to check out the stars.  Star Treks do guided stargazing tours, as well as guided walks on the island's beautiful tracks.  Good Heavens also offer intimate night sky tours and can cater to bigger groups.  Check them out at and
  3. Aotea Brewing: The beers at this micro brewery are tasty as, and they often experiment with unique local ingredients.  Aotea Brewing is open for tasting and also hosts Sunday Sessions with amazing live music over the summer months.  With a great location across from Medlands Beach, it's a great place to spend a few hours after a day at the beach.  More info can be found at
  4. The Currach Irish Pub: The Currach has won international awards for their delicious food and drink selection.  They are located right across from Pa Beach in Tryphena, and you can't miss it due to the packed car park nearly every night.  The Pub also hosts musicians and has Jam Nights on Thursdays year round.  Find them online at
  5. Shoal Bay Pottery: Make sure to go say hi to Sarah at her studio and workshop at the very southern end of the island in Shoal Bay.  A great place to find a gift, or just for a visit and a chat.  Find info about Sarah and other local artists here.


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