Just over Auckland’s eastern horizon Great Barrier Island beckons – a world of wild natural beauty, rugged landscapes and stunning beaches.
A 30 minute flight transports you from Auckland to Great Barrier Island, a unique island world where nature holds sway. Earthsong was created from the essence of nature in this idyllic island paradise and well-being and harmony reign.
Staying at Earthsong is to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy world we live in, one of life’s rare and very special experiences.
Ocean View Suites each have a private, sunny courtyard, as well as verandas boasting spectacular sea views. Separate from the main lodge, yet connected by a cobblestone path, each suite has an entrance lobby, adjoining en-suite bathroom, and large bedroom with a king-size bed. Suites can be reconfigured for share twin or single occupancy.
Fresh fruit, flowers and home-made cookies are provided daily in each suite, along with complimentary fine tawny port, and a selection of teas and coffees. Thick adobe-style walls and hand-crafted furnishings create an elegant, timeless atmosphere of permanence.
Earthsong chef, Trevor Rendle has a simple philosophy on food – the perfect dish consists of perfect ingredients simply cooked. Trevor prepares his dishes adding herbs and spices judiciously in a way that the intrinsic flavours are enhanced rather than smothered.
Great Barrier Island is all about the outdoors and there is an almost-limitless range of activities on offer. You can mountain bike, abseil, rock climb, snorkel, horse-ride, kayak, fish, dive, surf, sail, swim and trek. Criss-crossing the island are dozens of walking tracks ranging from gentle meanders through lush meadows to challenging hikes along rugged trails.
Mountain bikers have two designated riding trails and the island’s craggy coastline is ideal for exploring by kayak. The fishing is great, the diving is awesome. You can even rejuvenate with a soak in geothermal hot springs. Rocky outcrops along the Great Barrier Island coastline house colonies of Gannets and other sea birds. From there they launch into the blue and formation fly over crystal clear waters teeming with aquatic life. The ocean is home to dolphins, whales and tuna. Bird-watchers and fishing fanatics call it heaven.
Great Barrier Island
A place to really lose yourself, the fourth largest of New Zealand’s islands is a lesser-visited wilderness, and you’ll have amazing beaches, mountains and the beautiful hiking trails almost to yourself. Only 1,000 people live here, so it’s easy to find a tranquil hideaway.