About this property
Sleeps: 5 | Bedrooms: 2 | Bathrooms: 1 | Minimum stay: 3 nights Outside long drop toilet

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This rustic cabin with two bedrooms(one doubling as a living area)a small kitchen and hot water shower has an idyllic location nestled in a wide valley is only 40 metres away from the beach at Oruawharo Bay.


One Queen sized bed
One double bunk
One single bunk
Electric power
Gas hot water
Hot water shower (inside)

Fridge/ freezer
Cutlery and crockery
2 x gas cooker
Outdoor BBQ
Outside long drop toilet (10metres away from cabin)

Linen and towels provided 
small kitchen

Note:  There is no town water supply, electricity or waste water services on the island. Electricity is generally provided by solar power and water supplied from rainwater collection, therefore conservation of water and electricity is needed.


Summer: NZ$270 per night

Winter: NZ$250 per night

Rates are per night for the first couple and NZ$50 per night for additional guests, up to a maximum of 5 in total in the cabin. Minimum 3 nights stay.

Winter season: 1 May to 30 Sept

Summer season: 1 Oct to 30 April

Reservation and Cancellation Policies
Payment required in full, at time of booking, to secure your reservation.
  • Changes to booking dates incures a $100 administration fee
  • If you cancel 14-30 days before arrival, 50% of your booking will be refunded
  • If you cancel 14 days or less before arrival, your booking is non-refundable
Bed layout

In the front bedroom/living area there is a queen-sized bed and in the rear bunk room a double bunk and a single bunk above.

How to get there
The journey to Oruawharo is all part of the experience. You can travel by ferry or scheduled small aircraft some 56 miles northeast from Auckland to Great Barrier Island.

It is important to be flexible when going on holiday to Great Barrier Island as it is isolated and weather conditions can result in delays and/or cancellations in extreme conditions. However, the isolation is what makes it such a unique destination.

Flight times from Auckland Airport or North Shore Airport at Silverdale to Great Barrier’s Claris Airport are approximately 30 minutes. The house is only 10 to 15 minutes from the Claris Airport.

Ferry sailings to Great Barrier Island are seasonal, with a sailing time of approximately 4.5 hours. The house is then 40 minutes drive from the Tryphena Wharf.

Helping preserve the house’s privacy, the property can only be accessed by 4-wheel drive vehicle or on foot across an estuary and farmland. A footbridge provides pedestrian access at all tides, but at high tide and in times of flood vehicular access is not available.

You will be met at the carpark next to Medlands camping ground and taken to Oruawhero. There are several car hire places on the island. Please refer to the Great Barrier Island website. Note: hire cars cannot be driven across the estuary.

Catering and Provisions

The cabin has a very small kitchen. There is a gas cooker and a gas barbecue
Guests are to provide their own food and provisions. There is a small fridge freezer.
Shopping for provisions is located at Claris,Tryphena and Port Fitzroy.
Restauants/cafés are also located in these areas. Check the Barrier Bulletin.

Entertainment and Activities

The cabin is less than 30 metres through grassland to a secluded swimming beach,with many other beaches and coastal walks within easy reach. There are a number of world famous surfing spots along the East Coast of the Barrier,one of which is in front of the cabin. For the keen anglers there is good fishing within minutes of the cottage and fishing charters can also be arranged. If you wish to explore further afield, the Mount Hobson (Hirakimatā) summit and Kaitoke natural hot springs are worth the walk.

Phone and internet

Phone / Internet / Laundry facilities are located at Claris adjacent to the general store. Mobile phone coverage is available at the cabin.

Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island, also known as Aotea lies 56 miles northeast of New Zealands largest city, Auckland.
With only 800 permanent residents and no electrical grid or public water supply system, this mountainous 110 square mile land mass remains mostly rugged and untamed.
Its dense bush,rare fauna and flora, and spectacular white beaches are still undiscovered ,even by New Zealanders.
The formation of dramatic coastal dunes and bluffs, as well as the survival of native forests, deep bush and Maori archaeological remains, make it an extraordinary place for hiking, fishing,diving surfing, and animal watching. Or, if you're feeling lazy you can sit back and bask in the peaceful, pristine landscape.
If you want to know more about Great Barrier, tours or travel, check the following links;