The day after sailing in Waiheke we took the ferry to Great Barrier Island. While Waiheke is well patronized by tourists, the Great Barrier has remained a bit 'isolated'. Naturally Waiheke is only 30 minutes by ferry from central Auckland, for the Barrier you need two and a half hours (on the fast ferry, four and a half on the slow ferry) and you don't really see foreign tourists there, mostly Kiwis who have a batch there. Compared to Waiheke, full of wineries and cafes, the Barrier has remained kind of... relaxed.
Bye bye Auckland (seen from the ferry)
The sea crossing is very beautiful, sometimes you can see whales and dolphins, but unfortunately this time we didn't.
Landed! What a tranquil place! We rented a car and moved towards Steve's batch. The car was good up to a point, then we had to walk in the bush to get there.
The kitchen (outdoors). I didn't take pics of the food, basically I just made spaghetti and a salad on the first night, and a frittata with the leftover spaghetti on the second night.
The dining/living room (also outdoors). Three dads, one mum (me) six children (slept in tents) and the great outdoors.
The water supply. No electricity, no bathroom (there is a long-drop but I forgot to take a photo, pity, it was a well built long-drop!); the water for drinking, cooking and washing, had to be carried up to the batch with buckets.
The beach. Great Barrier Island has some lovely beaches.
We stayed 3 days and 2 nights, and flew back to Auckland. Flying only takes about 30 minutes, but the planes are very small (this was for 10 people including the pilot).
You need to wear ear muffs in the plane, and the ride may be bumpy (fortunately for me it wasn't).
But what a great chance to see the Hauraki Gulf from above!