Getting Here

Situated on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf is New Zealand’s only National Marine Park. Great Barrier Island is a mere 90 kilometres from Auckland City. Over 70% of the land is protected Conservation Park and with night skies rated ‘second to none’… the whole island is a Dark Sky Sanctuary.


Barrier Air run daily flights to the Island from Auckland Domestic Terminal.

Island Aviation run frequent flights from the North Shore.

The flights across the gulf are very scenic and take around 30 minutes.

Passengers will land at Claris Airport near the centre of the island


The Sealink operates a passenger and vehicle ferry to and from the Island.

Services are limited, so check ahead of schedule to make sure the ferry is travelling on your dates.

Stay at the Currach Irish Pub

Stay at The Historic Currach Irish Pub. World famous in New Zealand, the pub is a fantastic venue across the road from a stunning beach

  • Includes Flights, Room, Car Rental
  • We will take care of everything for you!
  • $495 ea for the weekend

Friday Night of the festival is hosted here! 

Stay at Glenfern Sanctuary

Stay at historic Fitzroy House at Glenfern Sanctuary

Package includes: 

  • Flights to Aotea Great Barrier from North Shore airport
  • All transfers including each day to the Festival
  • Breakfast
  • A free guided tour of the Sanctuary
  • All this for $650 pp 
  • Arrive Friday 6th Oct for 2 nights (or stay for a long weekend)
  • Contact to book: 

Stay in a Local Bach

There are many fantastic, private Bach experiences available on Aotea

Deals which include flights, cars, accommodation and more 

Where to stay

The Island has an array of great rentals available with stunning scenery. Aotea is off-grid, so all homes produce their own power and collect their own water.

Thank You

For your support

  • Destination Great Barrier Island Trust

For your sponsorship

  • Barrier Air
  • Festival of Adult Learning
  • Aotea Great Barrier Local Board
  • Creative Writing at UOA

Contact us

If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to:


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