Great Barrier Island
“The Barrier” is my new favourite place in New Zealand. Just 30 minutes in a Cessna from Auckland, to an island with less than a thousandth of the population. Wonderful subtropical vegetation from which virtually all the magnificent kauri trees were removed in the 1900s. Wonderful deserted beaches, great walking tracks, and natural hot pools to soak in. Hitchhiking is the best way to get around and to meet the locals. After a week, we almost felt like one!