Experience New Zealand's best kept secret - Great Barrier Island - remote and unspoiled and named by Captain Cook, Great Barrier Island lies at the edge of the Hauraki Gulf, and only 55 miles and 30 minutes by air from Auckland.
Great Barrier Island offers stunning beaches, hiking trails, hot springs, horse riding, fishing, surfing, swimming and snorkelling, as well as historic sites that go back to the pioneering days. Sixty percent of the island is managed by the Department of Conservation as the gem of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
Great Barrier Island is a microcosm of New Zealand the way it was 50 years ago - plentiful birdlife (including Kaka parrots and the rare Brown Teal), the Chevron Skink found nowhere else in the world. Plus clean and fresh air 24/7 - at Mount Saint Paul Estate on the island's east coast - the luxury of a house lovingly built in the style of a 19th Century colonial manor house.
Access to the Island
There are regular flights from Auckland and periodic services from the North Shore, Waiheke Island, Whangarei and Coromandel airports. Claris Airport on Great Barrier Island is five minutes drive from the house. Helicopters can land on the front lawn.