- Great Barrier Island, named by Captain Cook in 1769, lies about 90 kilometres north-east of Auckland and is accessible by both ferry, car ferry and air. Take the bus along the island, meeting up with the ferry for the return trip to Auckland. That way you get to view the beautiful white sand beaches of the eastern coast. Great tramping tracks criss-cross the island--rental cars and bikes are available. There is limited accommodation, so prior bookings are essential.
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