beautiful variegated green island lies to the east of the mainland of
New Zealand, only 10 kms from the rugged tip of the Coromandel
Peninsula, but over 80 kms from the metropolis of Auckland.
Discovered by Captain Cook on 24th November 1769, he named them the
Barrier Isles due to the protection they provided the Hauraki Gulf.
It is a place of rugged peaks and tumbling streams, of
dense forest and verdant valleys. The west coast is a jumble of islets
and islands, inlets and bays, with some of the finest boating harbours
in New Zealand. Along the east coast it is in part iron-bound cliffs and
rocky reef, and in part mile upon mile of golden sandy beaches, with the
surf pounding in unobstructed from across the wide Pacific Ocean.
The inhabitants are a strange and independent race,
some born to the island and some drawn from the far corners of New
Zealand and beyond. In the main the islanders occupy themselves by
fishing, dry-stock and sheep farming, tourism and horticulture, with
many others in various degrees of retirement.
There is a variety of activities to suit
everyone such as golf, kayaking, fishing, diving, boat charters,
sightseeing, mountain biking and tramping the 100 or so kilometres of
various tracks considered to be among the best in N.Z. And of
course there is the ocean or the natural hot pools for swimming.
Available 7am to 7pm
Island Wide transfer service to accommodation from ferry terminal or
09 4290 767