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WELCOME TO AOTEA (Great Barrier Island)

Escape to a magic holiday on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand just 30 minutes flying time from Auckland City or 4 - 5 hours on the car ferry.

Our accommodation units are set in park like grounds, in quiet surroundings frequented by bird life including banded rail, kaka, kereru, tui, many finches and fantails. Each unit is self contained and a barbeque is available for our guests to cook their catch of fish (or sausages if the big one got away!)  The Lodge is within easy walking distance to beaches, shops, restaurants, cafes the Currach Irish Pub, Tipi & Bobs Waterfront Lodge and the Great Barrier Social Club. 

Great Barrier Island has all that you would expect from an island holiday destination and more - rugged, untamed landscapes, white sandy beaches, native forest, and rare plant and animal life. By arrangement the shuttle service or tour vehicles will collect you and deliver you to other parts of the island or we can arrange a rental car for you.

We welcome your feedback so please feel free to contact us if there is any further assistance you require.

Phone: 09 4290 628     Email:


Last Minute

$ 95/night 
you save $35
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2 Nights
with flights
and car hire

$ 410pp 
you save $80
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 5 Nights
with ferry
and transfers

$ 460pp
you save $120
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5 of 5 starsReviewed April 2014

We were on a budget and about to enjoy our first ever trip to Gt Barrier. We chose Aotea Lodge and it was perfect. 
The rooms and buildings were well laid out to be private for guests, shady and sunny grounds (for whichever you were after) with picnic benches, tables and chairs placed around in nice settings for you to enjoy and beautifully looked after. Really nice gardens, rhododendrons, solar lit gravel path to wander down the few metres to your car...
We went for the lowest cost room and it was perfect for what we needed and what we could afford, we by no means felt we got the 'cheap room' it was comfy, had everything we needed, a great shower and some in-season feijoas and guavas for us from Fiona. All the other accommodation looked just as good quality and well thought out.
Fiona was very helpful and informative and whilst we knew that if we needed anything we could simply ask we also liked that we were left to our own devices and could have a private or a more talkative and social stay depending on what we were after . We were here just off season in late March and only saw a handful of people. 
The location is perfect - Aotea is in the best place to access to beautiful beaches on the east, a stones throw from Tryphena and the bays on the south and well placed for 'day trips' to the more far away parts such as Port Fitzroy. Also easy to walk to have some lunch or dinner at the local eateries. It suited us on a short three day trip to be in a location that didn't require a long trip down a windy gravel road every time to wanted to go anywhere... we could save those bits for the sight seeing. 
The Barrier is more beautiful than i thought it would be and Aotea Lodge is a recommended place to stay indeed.