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    Aotea

    Great Barrier Island Aotea was (re)discovered by Captain James Cook in 1769 and is 90km NE of Auckland, New Zealand. It was given this name by Cook as it provides a protective barrier for the entrance to the Hauraki Gulf from the South Pacific Ocean. Great Barrier Island is the read more

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    Awana Bay

    Awana is a popular swimming and surfing beach on the east coast of Great Barrier Island. It is an important nesting ground for the endangered Brown Teal and Dotterel. A Department Of Conservation camp ground is situated at the northern end of Awana Bay.

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    Harataonga Bay

    Harataonga Bay on the east coast is one of the most spectacular locations on Great Barrier Island and an ideal spot for camping. Well maintained campgrounds and amenities are provided by The Department of Conservation. The BBC chose Harataonga Bay as the location for the Castaway series.

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    Kaitoke Beach

    Kaitoke Beach is a long sandy bay stretching from the Sugar Loaf headlands at the southern end to the Kaitoke Stream and Swamp in the north. Another popular surf spot with consistent surf all year round. Left and right hand waves, rarely crowded. Beware of rips & sharks. The Aotea read more

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    Katherine Bay

    Katherine Bay has two Māori marae (meeting house) at Kawa and Motairehe. The Marae are surrounded by the last remaining lands of the Ngati Rehua tribe on Aotea Great Barrier Island. It was the Ngati Rehua people that assisted with the rescue of survivors and recovery of bodies when the read more

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    Medlands Beach

    Medlands Beach, Oruawharo Bay is the closest surf beach to Tryphena. It is separated from Kaitoke Beach by the Sugar Loaf headlands at the northern end. It has a fairly exposed beach break and offers reliable surf conditions at almost any time of the year. Good quality left and right read more

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    Port Fitzroy

    Port Fitzroy has long been a favourite destination for yachties as it offers shelter in almost all weather conditions. Kaikoura Island, a nature reserve, guards the entrance to both Port Fitzroy and Port Abercrombie. Aquaculture is prevalent in these sheltered waters and the popular Great Barrier Island “Mussellfest” is a read more

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    Tryphena

    Tryphena Bay takes its name from the brig “Tryphena” which made several visits to Great Barrier Island between 1841 and 1845. Before this it was known by the early European settlers as Port Tofino. In earlier times it was the site of a Māori pa (fortified village). Tryphena is one read more

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    Whangaparapara

    Whangaparapara was in industrial centre on Great Barrier Island for mining, timber milling and whaling. Gold and silver were discovered in the late 1800’s. The Oreville stamping (ore crushing) battery is still a prominent landmark on the Whangaparapara Road. The Kauri Timber Company sawmill was based in Whangaparapara and processed read more