Great Barrier Island is located in outer Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand, approx 100 km (60 ml) northeast of Auckland. The Island covers a total area of 285 km2 (110 ml2), ranking it the New Zealand's 6th largest. Its highest elevation point (Mt Hobson) is 621 m (2037 ft) above sea level.
Great Barrier Island was initially exploited for its kauri trees and minerals. It saw limited agriculture and in 2013 was inhabited by around 1,000 people, living mostly from farming and tourism. Most of the diverse environments (nearly 60% of the isle's total area) is administered as nature reserve by the NZ's Department of Conservation. In 2009, the Great Barrier Island atmosphere was described with positive emphasis as "life in New Zealand many decades back".
Great Barrier Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Great Barrier Island NZ dock (anchor) at Tryphena - port town on the southwestern coast.