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One of the most beautiful places on the earth, Awana is located on Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. It is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the world PERFECT for a holiday.
There is a variety of walking tracks from the short walk to visit a waterfall or some hot springs to the longer walk taking you to the highest most point of the island. View the regenerating forest of native trees, the historic remains of a kauri dam and enjoy the unspoilt natural beauty along with panoramic views.
From beaches to sheltered bays and steep forest covered hills to mangrove estuaries the Barrier has a diverse landscape. The brown teal duck, black petrel, North Island kaka, banded rail, NZ dotterel and chevron skink are just some of the endangered species this habitat provides for.
There is always a welcoming smile and a hand of friendship for visitors to this small Barrier community of about 900. The pace of life is slower here usually and things don`t always happen on time, they happen in `Barrier time`. This is a unique and special place not just because of it`s beauty but for the tranquillity, the peace and quiet it has to offer all who wish to experience it.
Great Barrier Island was named such by Captain Cook who sighted the island whilst sailing, on the Endeavour,up from the Firth of Thames and crossing the Hauraki Gulf between Cape Colville and Point Rodney on 23rd November 1769. Aotea is the Maori name for the island.
From Beaches, to Hikes to taking in the beautiful heritage of the native Maori People, this is one magical place!
somewhere that should be visited by EVERYONE
what is your favourite holiday place? Or where would be your favourite place to go xx
Source link: http://www.thebarrier.co.nz/greatbarrierisland.htm