Fantail Stories

Fantail Stories

Great Barrier Island

Fantail Stories cabin is set on Great Barrier Island - a 40-minute flight from Auckland, or a 4.5-hour ferry ride. The cabin is situated in Cape Barrier valley in the Tryphena area of Great Barrier Island - 10 minutes drive from the Tryphena ferry terminal or 25 minutes from the Great Barrier Aerodrome.

Nestled into beautiful subtropical native bush, the cabin is totally secluded - and feels a million miles away from the madness of the city. The trees teem with birds. Kaka, tui, morepork, fantails, wood pigeons and many more, live and feed in the pristine bush.

The cabin is separated by a dividing wall into two areas - a large bedroom area containing a comfortable queen-sized bed, and the other, a small kitchenette with a window bar and stools for indoor dining. A large deck has a pergola with shade cloth, and outdoor table and chairs. A stunning outdoor bath and shower is a gorgeous feature at the other end of the deck.

Whether you're looking for an escape or a place to base yourself while exploring Great Barrier Island, Fantail Stories offers so much more than just accommodation... The atmosphere, peace, tranquillity and the connection to nature, combine to create an experience you'll remember for many years to come.

FROM $280 p/n

  • Sleeps 2
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            Winter Escape
      Winter Escape

Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times.

address
 

67 Cape Barrier Road, Great Barrier Island 0991
 

getting to Great Barrier Island


You can get to Great Barrier Island either by air or sea.

Barrier Air flies from Auckland Airport, North Shore Airport of Kaitaia Airport to the Aerodrome on Great Barrier Island. Fantails stories is a 25-minute drive from the Aerodrome.

SeaLink has ferry services that leave from Hamer St, Wynyard Quarter in Auckland and sail to Tryphena Wharf on Great Barrier Island. This ferry terminal is a 10-minute drive from Fantail Stories.
 

Once you're on the island
 

Once you're on the island, you have several options to get to Fantail Stories:

Fantail Stories Pick Up/Drop Off Service

Your hosts, Chris and Julia, offer a pick up/drop off service which can be ordered during the online booking process. You might wish to explore the island while you're there however and there are a number of options including using a shuttle service, hiring a car or motorbike, or hiring electric bikes.

Car Hire

There are a number of car hire places on Great Barrier Island. If you choose to hire a car, you can arrange for the car to be waiting for you at either the wharf or the Aerodrome.

Shuttle Service

There are also a number of taxi and shuttle services that you can book to get from place to place on Great Barrier Island.

Directions to Fantail Stories if self-driving


From Airport (drive time 30 minutes): 

  • Head South to Tryphena (20 minute drive)
  • Once in Tryphena you will drive around all the bays until you reach Shoal Bay
  • In Shoal bay, just before the bridge take the turn off left onto Cape Barrier Road. 
  • Head up this road for 500m
  • You will see a white sign on the left saying Fantail stories - with a picture of a fantail
  • Follow this shared gravel access road and stay on this for a bouncy 5 minute drive until the very end
  • There will be little fantail signs on the trees to show that you're going the right way - don’t be tempted to turn down any of the other driveways on the shared access road on the way.
  • You will reach a larger sign at the very end of the road which will take you to your carpark. Once driving over the concrete bridge you will need to engage 4WD for the final 50m to your parking spot.

From Tryphena Ferry Terminal (drive time 10 minutes)

  • Head North to the middle of Shoal Bay (2 minute drive).
  • Turn right on to Cape Barrier Road
  • Head up this road for 500m
  • You will see a white sign on the left saying Fantail stories - with a picture of a fantail
  • Follow this shared gravel access road and stay on this for a bouncy 5 minute drive until the very end
  • There will be little fantail signs on the trees to show that you're going the right way - don’t be tempted to turn down any of the other driveways on the shared access road on the way
  • You will reach a larger sign at the very end of the road which will take you to your carpark. Once driving over the concrete bridge you will need to engage 4WD for the final 50m to your parking spot.

Fantail Stories

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            Eating and Drinking

    Eating and Drinking

    The cabin has all the facilities you need to self-cater. Just bring your own food, and prepare meals in the kitchenette. There is a single gas cooktop inside and a large barbeque and hob outside for cooking. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. 

    If you want a break from cooking, you'll find Tipi and Bob's Restaurant, Irish Pub ’The Currach’ and the Tryphena Club 10-minutes away and the My Fat Puku cafe, 30-minutes away in Claris. 

    If you need to pop out for supplies, the Stonewall Store is a 10-minute drive away.

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            Things to do

    Things to do

    Restful and restorative, Fantail Stories is the ideal place to base yourself while exploring Great Barrier Island.

    The cabin itself has a range of games, some books, yoga mats for guest use and of course the outdoor bath to while away the hours. But if you're keen to get out and about, there are lots of sights to see - and some fun ways to see them!

    Motu Bikes is an electric motorbike hire company. The bikes have a moped classification so anyone can hire and ride them. Or if you're keen to explore via water - the Shiny Paua has stand-up paddleboards and kayaks for hire.

    Your host Chris is a qualified surf instructor and offers private lessons with board and wetsuit, so if you've ever had the urge to try surfing, this is the perfect opportunity! Or, if you're already a surfer, Chris has boards and wetsuits for hire. Check the Rates and Extras button for more information.

    One of the highlights of the island is the Kaitoke Hotsprings - a 40-minute drive away and easy 45-minute walk to the natural springs.

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            Your Hosts

    Your Hosts

    More information about your hosts, Chris and Julia, is coming soon!

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