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


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.

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.

Barrier Headquarters main house. Unobstructed 270 degree views white sandy beach
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.

Le Cabanon - Aotea Eco Luxury
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.

Bach in quiet bush setting with sea views
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.

Stunning Tryphena Harbour and Hauraki Gulf views
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.

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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.

Kaka Cottage , great sea views
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.

Sandhills Beach Hut. Medlands Beach
Medlands Beach, Great Barrier Island, NZ
33 reviews
chalet 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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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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7. Sunny beautiful home near the waterfront

If you are going to the Great Barrier to spend some leisurely time in the sun while doing fishing and diving, then this property is the perfect place for you. Located inside Glenfern Sanctuary and Department of Conservation, it is a truly off-the-grid experience. The house is located at least 20 minutes walking from the main road with a composting flushing system. So if you want to live in the heart of nature with complete privacy, then this house will serve you perfectly.

Beautiful, sunny holiday house above the water
6 reviews
House 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
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In fact it is so remote the boat is almost a necessity if you want to leave the property
Norm was an oustanding host in assisting us in our first holiday to Great Barrier Island
He was informative attentive and helpful with anything we required The house is clean and comfortable and positioned in a very beautiful and remote part of the island
The house is in a lovely bay and we were really comfortable Thanks again
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8. Rustic holiday home overlooking Schooner Bay

This three-bedroom holiday home is all yours on your next vacation to Great Barrier Island. Located at a spitting distance from Schooner Bay, this property is ideal for people looking to fish, dive, swim, or snorkel on their upcoming holiday. Enjoy sunset and barbecue evenings at the deck with some light music and wine. The large house has three bedrooms fitted with all the basic amenities and can sleep up to eight guests.

Yardmaster House, large 3 bedroom home, sleeps 8.
23 reviews
House 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
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They really need to fix the shower if they are going to charge that much
My only complaint would be that the beds aren't great
The fact that you could use the kayaks was awesome as we could explore the coastline better
Everything was there that we needed including kayaks and plenty of space
It is a retreat presented to suit those with a love for the outdoors - cared for with all the basics that you'd need for a comfortable stay
Fantastic place to stay Nice and private clean and tidy
Fishermen in the family had a fantastic time hauling Kingis and snapper into the kayaks and dinghy
We all hope one day to return
The electricity issue needs to be highlighted more because if it was required for medical equipment this would have been a major issue When we contacted the manager he did not return our call all ...
100% the Kiwi Bach experience Might not be everyone's cup of tea
The house has a friendly fun relaxed vibe where you feel like many happy times have occurred here
It was peaceful and beautiful but not too far from Tryphena
The house was located in a secluded and beautiful bay
The views from the house are spectacular
The beds are a bit worn out
But the house and amenities are amazing
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9. A comfortable holiday home overlooking Mulberry Grove Beach

If you are looking to spend some fun time with your family at an affordable price, then this is the place to be. Molesworth overlooks Mulberry Grove Beach in Tryphena. The house features two bedrooms that sleep up to four guests. The rooms have been decorated aesthetically and provide all the basic amenities. You can spend time out on the yard playing games with your family or enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in the garden. This truly off-the-grid experience will rejuvenate you and help you kickback and relax.

Molesworth Bach - with views of Tryphena Harbour
18 reviews
House 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
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Glorious sunsets each night on the deck
Perfect simple confortable bach suiting our purposes - great view loved the fire
Care needs be taken with use of power but there were plenty of candles and the fridge freezer and hot water runs on gas
incredible stars at 3 am
The deck faces the setting sun - wonderful
clean hot showers and everything you need for a weekend away
We loved great barrier and had a wonderful holiday
Excellent escape so surprisingly close to home
We absolutely loved the views and the birds including banded rails kakas and the wood pigeon
The only problem we had was with the mosquitos
Bach worked well for us - easy access and good privacy
The location is super convenient to the beach and everything was just a short distance away
During winter many business's are not open and this needs to be well documented in information
Feedback to note is there is no BBQ or Vodafone service at the bach as advertised
Great little place clean sunny and in a great location
great scenic walks and wonderful beaches
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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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