Jurassic Park: Just 90km from Auckland!
… And that’s 56 miles for you American and British folk. Whether you arrive by air or sea, it’s instantly clear by the towering mountains dense with native rainforest that nature rules on Great Barrier Island. This is ever more true with a population of only 600 residing on the island. You are more likely to hear the New Zealand native kaka parrots screeching and the waves rolling into shore than the sound of any human voice. And, honestly, looking at the mountainous forests with their prehistoric resemblance, you could be forgiven for expecting to hear dinosaur roars too.
The reality is this all exists northeast of Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf. That’s just a 30-minute flight or a scenic 4h30min ferry from Auckland! A trip that is all part and parcel of the Great Barrier Island experience by getting a unique view of ocean and islands just offshore of Auckland.
So if you want to experience true New Zealand wilderness and island life rolled into one, Great Barrier Island is a destination not to be missed.