6 Best Bookabach Holiday Homes In The Great Barrier Island, New Zealand

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Located just 88kms (approx. 55 miles) and a short 30-minute flight away from Auckland, it still seems like you have entered a whole new world. Great Barrier Island in New Zealand is a large island with a very tiny population. Its unspoiled beaches and sprawling forest cover offer plenty of opportunities for wilderness enthusiasts and beach bums alike. With no supermarkets, electricity supply or phone receptions, visiting this place will be a truly off-the-grid experience. So if this sounds like your kind of vacation, then why not try out these Bookabach holiday homes in The Great Barrier Island, that will give you all the comfort you need, minus the manic crowds.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status. recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on March 13, 2023.

1. Classic bungalow with modern amenities (from USD 265)

Get unobstructed views of Pah beach and spectacular sunsets as you lounge in front of Tryphena harbor. The bungalow was rebuilt in 2008 and tastefully designed to keep the guest comfort and aesthetics in mind. With a cook’s kitchen and high-quality fittings, you get a comfortable home away from home. All the points of interest are located at a short distance from the bungalow and can be accessed on foot.

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18.14 km (11.3 mi) from Glenfern Sanctuary
15 reviews   Wifi Available
House 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

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The beds were super comfortable
but the view is very nice
The walk from the camping up to the apartment takes 10 min
we had everything we needed and more Perfect place for a break
We would love to be back at some stage in the future and can thoroughly recommend the property to anyone wanting some downtime from the hustle and bustle of Mainland NZ
Wow Awesome designer home amazing location and view over the most incredible ocean beach and coastline
The appointed Manager Chris was extremely friendly
However this luxurious villa will make you feel like the king of the hill with a view to die for Very well maintained and you can feel the love the owner has put into his house
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2. An eco-friendly chalet in the heart of nature (from USD 106)

Le Cabanon is a stylishly decorated chalet that has been designed to match the bountiful nature outside its doors. This luxurious property is environment-friendly and incredibly romantic. Get privileged access to breathtaking sunsets from the Tryphena Harbour. The chalet is self-sufficient and comfortable for all kinds of travelers, offering functional and cozy interiors. Even though it is located amid nature, it is only a three-minute drive from all the shops, bars, and the beach. All the rooms provide fresh linens, plush towels, cooking equipment, a tea/coffee maker, Bose sound system, etc.

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18.9 km (11.8 mi) from Glenfern Sanctuary
71 reviews  
chalet 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

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the bed is incredibly comfortable
We loved the beautiful quilt on the bed :-)
I had the best nights sleep looking at the sky out the big window
It's a simple but well-appointed and comfortable cabin
The best part of it is window: just staying in the bed and looking trough it
clean and has lovely decor
House is clean and has everything you need for short stay
Jess took good care of us
The place was very clean well appointed and easy to find Hanging out on the deck amongst the bush and cicadas and birds as well as our exploration of Aotea made this a truly memorable experience
Beautiful spot in the bush above Tryphena with views across the harbour Small and intimate
although she was away while we were there her property manager
This is a quiet clean simple and utterly beautiful spot tucked on the hill next to Tryphena
It is located only a short walk from cafes and the best store on the island
Perfect location peaceful ideal place to stay
Stunning location though 4 x 4 vehicle definitely required to get up the driveway
Me and my boyfriend had a very lovely stay at Le Cabanon Perfect privacy and all the basic necessities plus some luxury Loved especially the views and bathrobes:)
Le Cabanon is beautifully built very private and has fantastic views
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3. A spacious holiday home with stunning views of the sea (from USD 104)

Want to unwind and relax away from the teeming crowds? Want to spend some time amid raw nature but with basic amenities? If the answer to this question is a yes, then you need to check out this place. Located at a short distance from the main road, guests can spend peaceful time in nature, cook, go for a walk, or simply look out the deck into an endless mass of blue! This holiday home features two bedrooms and sleeps up to four guests. Rental cars are easily available for local sightseeing and all the rooms are tastefully decorated to offer you maximum comfort.

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20.12 km (12.5 mi) from Glenfern Sanctuary
51 reviews  
House 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy :

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And with bonus kakas wake up calls in the morning
The deck is old and the inside areas could use some new paint and/or coverings Only the king size bed in the master bedroom was comfortable
The house itself is private rustic and full of character with basic amenities
:) We did have worries with the solar system being on low most of the time but with very limited use of power we managed to always have enough to keep the fridge going
It is spacious and fully equipped
Very informative and friendly booking experience Clean and tidy bach very quiet and relaxing
You clould see heaps of stars that was amazing
pub and a beautiful beach
We had really good time
What a very special place - gorgeous location in the bush and handy to the beach and pub/cafe Keen to return for another restful holiday
the store and the pub
The bach is just in a perfect location
The location is ideal very close to a lovely beach and walking distance to shop and pub
The location is perfect close to the beach
Close walk to a beautiful beach
A private relaxed setting in the kanuka/manuka trees looking out onto beach Beautiful setting
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4. Centrally located holiday home in Tryphena (from USD 92)

Just 10 minutes away from the wharf and 15 minutes from the Claris Airport, this holiday home is perfect for you if you want to spend some time fishing or hiking in nature on this paradise island. Wake up to the sound of chirping birds and swim in the sea located at a short distance from your home. Spend your evenings sipping wine on your cool deck as you watch the setting sun and dolphins play overlooking Hauraki Gulf.

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19.55 km (12.2 mi) from Glenfern Sanctuary
37 reviews   Wifi Available
condo 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
kitchen power spacious bedroom (with stunning morning views over the harbour) and comfortable seating in the lounge
The place has a delightful view and we could have spent many more hours enjoying it
Apartment was very fitting to island and the view over the water from the living area was very nice
The place was bright with a lovely view of the water and allowed a relaxing stay
The interior could be made more homely and a more comfortable bed provided
Graham was a great host he picked us up from the ferry and made sure we had everything we needed
Graham is a really great host very accommodating and friendly Would love to come back one day
was very helpful and looked after any concerns we had with transport etc
A great loacation with beautiful views of the bay and
The bach was in a perfect location with easy walks to shops and pub
The location is perfect just up the road from the local shop bar and restaurant
Grahams place is an easy walk to cafe shop and the Irish Pub Graham
It is right by the Irish pub and a couple of beautiful beaches
Tryphena's beach cafe and Irish pub are just a few minutes walk down the hill
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5. Charming cottage with spectacular sea views (from USD 89)

Kaka Cottage at Nikau Heights is located within five minutes walking distance of Tryphena’s cafes, bars, and restaurants. It is also just 10 minutes walk from Pah Beach, the main attraction of Great Barrier Island. This self-sufficient cottage is powered by solar lighting and provides gas for cooking as well as heating. If you want to stay far from civilization but not too far, then this is the perfect place to be.

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7.55 km (4.7 mi) from Glenfern Sanctuary
55 reviews  
cottage 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

6. An outdoor experience at Sandhills Beach Hut (from USD 74)

Have you ever fancied the idea of staying outdoors but always worried about the basic facilities required for comfortable living? Try out Sandhills Beach Hut to stay in an open-plan house. Pitch a tent, sleep under the stars, spend some leisurely time on the deck with barbecue and comfortable outdoor furniture. Just 100m away from the Medlands Beach, you can take long strolls on its golden sands or spend hours fishing. The hut can accommodate four guests and is a five-minute drive from the airport.

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Medlands Beach, Great Barrier Island, NZ
16.49 km (10.3 mi) from Glenfern Sanctuary
33 reviews  
chalet 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
everything was as described and we were very comfortable
clean and comfortable with a private deck and garden and very close to the beach
the room was comfortable and had all you would need
the bathroom was great with a lovely big shower
it was well equipped clean and comfortable
di & ken are fantastic hosts
our hosts were friendly helpful but none intrusive
great hosts-helpful but respectful of privacy
perfect location it is all you need
the beach hut is in a lovely peaceful location within a few steps of the beautiful medlands beach
great location for the beach and all the area has to offer
just a short walk along a nice track to the beach
the beautiful medlands beach being only a 2 min walk away
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Get close to nature at The Great Barrier Island

The Great Barrier Island is New Zealand’s best-kept secret that has gained a lot of popularity recently for its off-grid experience and close proximity to Auckland. If you want to get away from the crowds and spend some quality time with your loved ones amid nature, then The Great Barrier Island will not disappoint you. Be sure to check out Bookabach Great Barrier accommodation options from this list to make your vacation relaxing and comfortable.

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