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Barrier Bungalow

The perfect spot for a family holiday or a getaway weekend. A two bedroom bungalow at Kaitoke.  Walk out the front door and you are just a couple of minutes away from a beautiful white sandy beach. 

Phone: 021 138 7293

Suitable for up to 4 people the Barrier Bungalow has 2 bedrooms, one queen and one with 2 king single beds.  Linen is supplied and there is a wood fire as well as a small television and stereo.  Water is supplied from rainwater tanks and the Bungalow is solar powered. Kaitoke is close to the Claris shops and just five minutes drive from the airfield.


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Our family group of parents and adult son living in Europe thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to GBI just before Christmas.

We stayed at the Bungalow for 4 nights and can unreservedly recommend it. Not only is the location excellent, close to Claris and the airport and Kaitoke Beach, but the Bungalow is very well furnished and extremely comfortable. The lack of electricity was something of a shock but we managed well with the solar energy and gas provided for cooking and hot water. The Bungalow looks up to Mt Hobson and has a great shaded deck with a good barbeque. Everybody that we dealt with could not have been more helpful.

We were very impressed with the standard of the tracks and the roads were better than expected - our rather ancient rental car (part of our package) managed well.

Food supplies can be a minor challenge necessitating some adjustments to usual expectations but that is all part of the fun. The availability of wine was generally quite good and not overly expensive.

Congratulations to the young pilots who deal regularly with changeable weather, we were only delayed for two hours on Christmas Eve by clouds and rain.

GBI is a jewel - one hesitates to over enthuse as a major attraction of the place is its laid back unspoilt style which hopefully can be retained.

Would we visit again? YES!

Mary and family, December 2015


We loved staying at the Bungalow - exceeded expectations.  Hope to stay again.

Deborah, October 2015


“Have just a very memorable four day  holiday at this very well appointed bungalow at the Barrier. Booked the  bungalow and the rental car through the website. Arrival arrangements very  speedy. And Kaitoke was a perfect spot with beach very handy – best swimming  was at the south end. Leonie the owner checked twice that all was fine for the  four of us. Did not bother to check in with DOC as weather for walking was  perfect and could not imagine there will still track problems from the June  2014  storm but the Kaiaraara Track to the Hirakimata summit was still closed, so had a bit more of a walk from Palmers Track to Port Fitzroy via the South Fork (NB: - check with DOC!). John and Heather,  February 2015

We enjoyed our 'girls long weekend' tucked away at the Barrier Bungalow. As first timers on the island, Kaitoke was central enough that getting around the island to see everything was easy. When we first arrived at the Bungalow we were drawn to the ocean and wound our way through the gorgeous sand dunes and walked right across the white sand beach. Coming from Northland we have no shortage of beautiful beaches but this was something different. It was lovely going to sleep with the sound of the waves breaking on the sand. Nice bedrooms and absolutely stunning skyline stretching the entire view from the lounge and living area.  Judkins Oct 2014

We enjoyed our stay in the bungalow very much, thank you.  It exceeded my expectations.   The highlight of our visit was a walk to the summit through the very impressive Windy Canyon.

Ann Sept 2014
We live in West Devon in the UK and have just had our 4th stay at Barrier Bungalow.
The Bungalow is perfectly sited behind the dunes with a wonderful long beach and only minutes from Claris with its half hour flight to Auckland. It is beautifully maintained and very fully equipped with a real feeling of space and everything one needs for 4 people + garden and BBQ. Solar does the job but you need to remember there is no mains electricity. There is an excellent library should you have a wet day.
We are told Great Barrier Island is how Waikiki Island was 50 years ago - it's our bit of 'Heaven on Earth' and we very much hope to return both to the island and Barrier Bungalow again. 
Liz and Tim


Service - Meet & great at the airport to collect rental car with directions to accommodation. Owner did call in to introduce herself. All very easy & layback with no fuss whatsoever.
Location - 2nd house from the beach track in a small area of (say) 12 houses. The location is reasonably central for exploring the island (car required).
Solar Power - Read instructions and all will be fine. Backup generator not required during our stay even with subsequent cloudy days.
Phone - Landline for local calls. Very limited mobile service, but free Wi-Fi at the airport for those that need it.
Cooking - Gas stove worked fine, adequate utensils etc for cooking and eating. No micro wave due to solar power.
Entertainment - TV & DVD did not even get turned on. The island is the entertainment.
Summary - Firstly is GBI the place for you to spend some time during the "non tourist" season. Crowds are few but many services are restricted. If this is not a problem and the great outdoors beckons then GBI is an ideal location. We used the bungalow as our base for many one day hikes and adventures and it was ideal. We would stay at the bungalow again without hesitation and this is the best recommendation we can give it.

Steve and Dee, Australia. Feb 2014


We had a week at this amazing place - just a short walk from the great beach where you are more or less alone as there are very few people living around this beach - also near shops and with many other plato see and visit on the island this was an ideal base - we loved it.

Frank and Stephne from Auckland. Dec 2013


We loved the island , so beautiful, we drove every road and saw lots.  As we were unable to do any of the long walks it was great to just pack a picnic lunch each day and go off exploring.  We did do one walk, over the rocks to see the SS Wairarapa grave-site. On the way back a gust of wind came and knocked me off balance and I crashed into the rocks. Cut elbow and hip and grazed hands and knee but fortunately no broken bones.  The medical centre were wonderful and patched me up and then saw me again in two days time.  I still managed to enjoy our holiday and didn't let it stop me from doing most things. The cottage was great and so comfortable and handy to everything.  We really enjoyed our stay. The flight over was great, a beautiful day so saw all the islands and got lots of photos.  I took over 500 photos of our holiday so am looking forward to getting them into an album and holidaying all over again. We did about 3400 kms in all, quite a feat for three oldies. Many thanks for all your help from start to finish, it was most appreciated. A very reasonable package to a delightful island. 
Graham & Margaret, February 2012


Barrier Bungalow was a great spot for my daughter and I, a beautiful beach just over the sand dunes, awesome mountain views from a sheltered back deck and a stroll to burger shack for fish and chips. It had all the amenities for comfortable living and a good stack of books, magazines and TV for those poor weather days. The car was there waiting for us and we wouldn't have done without it!

Oonagh, January 2012


We found the Barrier Bungalow to be in a perfect location for access to Claris shops and airport with the beautiful Kaitoke beach only three minutes’ walk away.
It is very peaceful and private. The extensive deck is great for relaxing in the sun with a book and has a clear view of Mt Hobson. Excellent, well-equipped kitchen and barbecue (both of which we used). We found some good reading among the well-stocked book shelf. Would certainly stay again.

Carol & Richard, January 2012


We had one of our most enjoyable holidays, despite the westerlies.  The hot pools were a highlight.  We did lots of short walks with the kids.  Long beautiful beaches with no one around.  Spent some time at Claris Texas and the Irish pub in Tryphena.  The bach was very good for our purposes.  Clean and simple with a nice fire.  We hope to make it back soon in a warmer part of the year.  I would like to get out and try some fishing.

Sarah particularly wants me to thank you for your organisation.  We found it quite funny that we had been trying to book a holiday in the Pacific Islands without any satisfactory help from travel agents.  Then, when we enquired about the bach, everything for our GBI trip was unexpectedly organised with no fuss at all.

Simon & Sarah, September 2011


We had a very enjoyable stay . Great Barrier was stunning, and the house was very warm and comfortable. The local plumber and his wife were extremely generous and kind-- our rental car broke down, so they loaned us their car for the night, without even knowing who we were. I couldn't imagine that happening anywhere else.  We did have a problem getting the fire going but the woman who came to help was very helpful and pleasant.
Paul & Pip, July 2011


We absolutely loved the Barrier 100%.  There wasn’t a road that we didn't travel down, we explored the whole island as much as we could, walked tracks, surf-casted off the beaches/rocks, swam, soaked in the hot springs, awesome holiday and would definitely return.  DOC has done an excellent job with the tracks and facilities all around the island, we were more than impressed.  The scenery is absolutely stunning and the bird life and the native bush is so much better than on the mainland, so unspoiled.  The locals that we met were extremely friendly and the Barrier Bungalow that we stayed in was perfect and in the best location (for us anyway) on the island.  Kaitoke beach was soooooo lovely, the isolation of not hardly having anyone else on the beach was very special.  I hope that it never changes, the island is a real treasure. 

Robyn & Dave Jan 2010


An amazing 2 days on the island.  Everything was great and very well organized. Trying to talk a few friends into doing the same thing.  Great flights with great pilots. Wished we’d had a few more days to do a bit of tramping but maybe next time.  Thanks again for a wonderful couple of days. 

Marilyn and Jim, Aug 09


"The bungalow was in the perfect location enabling us to do everything we wanted to on the island. The facilities were modern, clean and tidy - we definitely hope to book the bungalow again in the future."
Simone, May 09

"We had an absolute dream holiday, the Bungalow was everything and more than we expected.  The view of the hills was amazing and just a stones throw from the beach.  The package deal was great and made it so much easier for us! As always a magical time on the Barrier". 
Zoe, Easter 2009

"We have had a wonderful time on the Barrier. The bungalow was absolutely suitable for us (parents + grandparents + 1 child). Lovely location so close to the airport, general store and the beach and both beach and bungalow are very safe for my little boy to run & play around. The bungalow is very well equipped with all you need for running a household. Fire place works really efficiently (Saturday evening was a bit chilli).  In summary, this 4-day holiday package was very well organised and excellent value for money. We will highly recommend this place". 
Simone and family March 2009

"The Barrier Bungalow is great - it is very comfortable, excellently set up and situated - I come from Devon, UK, have stayed here twice and can't wait to come again. I would never want to stay anywhere else on the 'island'. Thoroughly enjoyed our recent trip and will certainly be in contact when we come to NZ again as Great Barrier Island is a 'must' every time - my little bit of heaven on earth. Certainly staying at the Bungalow and the flights and rental car made it perfect." 
Elizabeth 2009

"A great location which is within walking distance to shops. Superb backyard for cricket and other activities and a sunny deck which is very private. A short walk through the dunes to the water at Kaitoke Beach. Excellent facilities for the family. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be back".
Keily 2009