"Great Barrier Island" Great Barrier Island by cnango

Great Barrier Island Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 72 photos


Great Barrier Island is only 30 minutes (by air) away from Auckland but it is a world apart ! GBI is the 4th largest island in NZ, about the size of Maui with only 600 residents. Over 60% of the island is a wildlife and native plant preserve which is completely protected and therefore home to many rare and endangered NZ species. The island has no telephone poles or reticulated electricity. The residence all use self-composting toilets & collected water.For power they use wind, solar, hydro or in the home where I stayed lots of big batteries. shocked when my Kiwi hosts opened a closet and showed the batteries than ran everything from lighting, appliances and computers.

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  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    hello featured VTer of the day. i liked your tips and pics. very nice. NZ is my dream destination. i will definitely go there in near future.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    What a beautiful place for a vacation. Natural scenes are just gorgeous. Your photos are real "eye candy" for the rest of us. Darling donkeys.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Great that your friends have such fine views from their house, even though they have to run everything off of batteries.

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Hi Nancy. Thought I'd explore some more of your pages. What a fantastic page here with great tips and stunning photos! Oh, and cute donkeys! I love donkeys :-) Greetings from the desert / Jess

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Lovely page Nancy, and great pics, esp. the Medlands Beach and awesome aerial view of Great Barrier Island. Those donkeys are so darn cute - HeeHaw!

  • sirenna's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2006 at 6:25 AM

    What a beautiful spot - thanks for sharing your well written tips and amazing photos. :)

  • Tugboatguy's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2006 at 10:51 PM

    GBI seems a wonderful place where life is truly enjoyed on a simpler level, with self-sufficient residents happy in their Eden. You have described it well. The plane appears to be a Piper Cherokee Six. Doug

  • keida84's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2006 at 9:38 AM

    Very interesting info & photos of the Great Barrier Island. Kudos to the kiwis for using alternative methods such as wind and solar power. You certainly have an affinity for NZ! Kat

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2006 at 6:19 AM

    What a lovely place to visit. Sounds like my kind of place. Great page with very interesting photos. You was very lucky to see the Kereru.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2006 at 8:44 PM

    wonderful spot that, fine page with excellent info. unfortunatly, the Kereru link to D.O.C doesn't work, but you could fix that ^..^ greets W and tks for the Tweedybird, how true!!


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