Take a short 30-minute flight from Aukland, New Zealand, and you reach an island that is so vastly different from the rest of the country and even the continent, that you’d be forgiven to think that you landed in another planet. That is the sheer awe that the Great Barrier Island holds. More than 70 percent of the land on this island is a protected conservation park, meaning that the natural flora and fauna and the culture of its inhabitants remain authentic and untouched by the ravages of mankind. Here, then are a few pictures that try to capture the magnificence of the Great Barrier Islands. ALSO READ: Photos of Canberra that Show You Why This is Australias Capital
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Medlands beach view from Mt Hobson, Great Barrier Island
Little Barrier Islands view from Mt Hobson
A view of the Coromandel Peninsula of the Great Barrier Island
Walking along one of the coastal paths in the island
A view of Whangapou beach on the Great Barrier Island
Sunset in forest of Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island
A view of Mt Heale from Mt Hobson
Morning view of Great Barrier Island from a yacht
A beautiful sunset over Great Barrier Island
Nature, of course, is the biggest attraction at the Great Barrier Island. Step outside and you’ll find a number of species of birds that are otherwise endangered or rendered extinct by the invasion of pest species on the mainland. The kaka and kereru are aplenty, but some of the rarer species are hard to find, like shearwaters, petrels, brown teal, banded rail and fern birds. NOW READ: The Mind-blowing Scenery at Lofoten Islands; View Pics!
While cars are available to take you around the island, we recommend exploring this oasis of life by foot or on cycle. Head to the Glenfern sanctuary, spread across 200 hectares on the Kotuku Peninsula, where you can go for guided walks through the forest to get a glimpse of the rarer birds. Or head to the Whangapoua Beach to find oyster catchers and other migratory birds.