Travelling to Great Barrier Island - How to Get Here

Travelling to Great Barrier Island - How to Get Here

How To Get To Great Barrier Island

Travelling to Great Barrier Island is fun in itself.  The two main modes of transportation are coming across by ferry or airplane. Whether you choose to travel by air or sea, you are bound to see something unique on your way.  If you opt for the 5 hour ferry journey, you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins, whales, or the occasional seal.  On a calm day, it is an amazing way to arrive to the island, where you can lounge out on the upper deck in the sun.  Travelling by plane takes about 30 minutes and is worth it just for the sightseeing.  Departing Auckland, you will fly over Rangitoto Island, Kawau Island, and Waiheke Island, before going past the top of the Coromandel Peninsula on onward to Great Barrier Island.  When flying over the Barrier, you will immediately take notice of the beautiful beaches and homes tucked away in the lush bush.  As you descend into Claris Airport, you will fly over the blue surf beaches at Medlands and Kaitoke before touching down and starting your adventure.  When you pick up your Great Barrier Island Rental Car from us at Stay High Island Camping Co., getting to your car at our depot is easy as.  Simply walk out to the main road, turn left, walk 50m, and we are just there on the right.  Look for our sign.  We will meet you at the depot and check you in, show you the map, and send you on your way.  Too easy.

1.  Travelling by Boat

Unless you find a way to hitch a ride to Great Barrier Island on a friend's boat, the only public transportation to the island is with the Sealink Ferry.  The ferry departs from Auckland CBD multiple days a week - check the timetable for information.  You are able to get on board purely as a foot passenger, which is a nice cheap option.  The ferry also allows travellers to bring their own car aboard to use on the island.  This is where we come in.  One of our goals is to minimise unnecessary car travel, and leave the logistics of that to us!  We supply all the camping gear needed so you don't have to worry about a thing.  Just turn up and go.

We offer a shuttle service both to and from the ferry at a competitive price.  Please call or email if you require a pick up or drop off.   

2.  Travelling by Air 

There are a few different options to arrive by airplane.  

Barrier Air has multiple flights every day departing from Auckland Domestic Airport.  They also fly from Auckland's North Shore and have occasional flights from Tauranga and Whitianga.  

Waiheke Wings flies to Great Barrier Island from Waiheke Island most days.  Waiheke is famous for its wineries and restaurants.  Combining both of these magical islands of the Hauraki Gulf would be a great way to spend a few days.

Sunair offers flights to Great Barrier Island out of Tauranga.

 3.  Getting Around Once You Are Here

There is no public transportation on Great Barrier Island.  Your best bet is to hire a car from Stay High Island Camping Co. and start exploring.  We offer reliable, clean, and easy to drive Nissan XTrails that can be hired both with or without all of the camping gear.  The Stay High or Stay Grounded package allows you to arrive with no worries, as we provide all the gear for you to enjoy staying at the amazing DOC Campsites spread across the island.  The basic car hire option is offered at a reduced price.  Regardless of which type of package you choose, we will meet you at the depot and provide you with a hit list of all of our favourite things to do on the island and point them out on the map.  Book Now for an unforgettable trip.

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