Backpacker Hostels in Great Barrier Island, New Zealand

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Get to know Great Barrier Island (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Great Barrier Island. To help you make friends with Great Barrier Island before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Nearly 100km from Auckland, yet still in the Hauraki Gulf, Great Barrier Island is New Zealand’s fourth largest island in the main chain (behind the North, South, and Stewart Islands. The Great Barrier Island is well known for its secluded bays that have some of the best scuba diving in New Zealand.

There are several ways to get to Great Barrier Island. The first is flying from Auckland on a regional jet to Okiwi, which takes a little more than half an hour. The second is by passenger ferry from Auckland. This takes about five hours. Once you’re on the island, you either need to hire a car or arrange shuttle transfers between your destinations.

Great Barrier Island only has a few towns, and you can find a hostel or two in each place. These hostels are traditional backpacker hostels and most of them have a big outdoor space since you’re on a (mostly) tropical island. You may find quite a few “long-termers” here, backpackers who work for accommodation and have a job in town. Be sure to book before heading to the island, especially in the summer; you don’t want to get out here and not have a hostel to stay in on a busy weekend!

The west side of the island is secluded and protected from the harsh South Pacific waters; this is where you’ll find excellent scuba diving and snorkelling. The east side has long white beaches, pounding surf (perfect for surfing!), and high cliffs with outstanding views. Inland, there are kilometres of hiking trails, networking their way across the island. You’ll see a variety of native birds and wildlife, walk through dense native bush, and be rewarded with hidden hot springs or incredible views over the island and the Hauraki Gulf from the summit of Hirakimata. If you would like to camp, check with the New Zealand Department of Conservation about available huts and campsites.

Written by local enthusiast for Great Barrier Island hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Great Barrier Island hostels Jakob Lombardi

FAQ about Great Barrier Island Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Great Barrier Island. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Great Barrier Island. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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Your Packing List for Great Barrier Island

Your Packing List for Great Barrier Island

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Great Barrier Island and New Zealand.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Great Barrier Island Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Great Barrier Island, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
2 Total number of hostels
Most Great Barrier Island hostels are located in
Tryphena, Medlands Beach
4 Average rating of all hostels

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Waiheke Island (76 Km / 47 mi.)
Whitianga (78 Km / 49 mi.)
Hotwater Beach (89 Km / 56 mi.)
Auckland (97 Km / 60 mi.)

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