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These revitalising beaches and bays of Great Barrier Island were made to challenge your current mindset and inspire you to aim for vitality, freedom and growth.
Not only are they gorgeous, they’re unique and special to Aotea Great Barrier Island. Make your way around the island; immerse yourself in the coastal beauty, native areas and refreshing waters. Explore and play. Be inspired. Be revitalised!

Blind Bay

Blind Bay is the perfect spot if you’re after a day at the beach. Pack a picnic as there are no shops near, and relax under the enormous Pohutukawa trees. Once your ready for some water fun, take out your kayak or stand-up paddleboard or just go for a dip and greet the locals – dolphins are seen regularly playing in this isolated bay.

Awana

We know where we Awana be! Another of Great Barrier Islands beaches, Awana dishes up the surf in a picture-perfect spot, head out at tackle some of Aotea Great Barriers best waves. Always take care to study the rip currents before entering the water and if possible, swim and surf with a buddy.

Harataonga Bay

Harataonga bay is lovely. The backdrop here is of native bushland and outlook is of clear, quiet, turquoise waters. At each end are rock formations which provide an awesome spot to go fishing from, explore the rock pools or jump in the deep-blue and have a snorkelling adventure. Take an underwater camera and see what you might capture or grab your kayak for a paddle. Harataonga bay won’t disappoint.

Gooseberry Flat & Pa Beach

A family’s delight! This area will leave everyone feeling youthful as you lose yourself in exploration and play. Gooseberry flat is a coastal reserve and Pa beach is a white-sand gem located just below the Stonewall village. Separating the two of them is a headland covered in thriving Pōhutukawas which at low tide, can be walked around. You’ll also find small pools of solar-heated seawater, little ones can splish, splash and play to their hearts content. The glistening clear water of Tryphena Harbour is a wonderful spot for kayaking, swimming and paddle boarding – you may even spot a dolphin. At the end of the day, the setting sun framed by the silhouette of the native bush and harbour is the cherry on top.
And one last thing: The headland has a secret and it is a little bit magical – purple caves! Can you imagine!

Pa Beach sunset

Sunset on Pa Beach

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