Great Barrier Island of New Zealand

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Great Barrier Island 
A large island of New Zealand, situated 100 kilometres to the north-east of central Auckland in the outer Hauraki Gulf. Situated 90 km (55 miles) from Auckland, Great Barrier Island is the furthermost island in the Hauraki Gulf, and the largest measuring over 40 km (25 miles) in length.
Great Barrier Island is the
largest and most seaward of the Hauraki Gulf islands in Auckland region. The eastern shore of Great Barrier Island faces the ocean with high cliffs and long white surf beaches; the western side offers deep sheltered harbours and calm sandy bays.

Great Barrier Island 
More than 60 per cent of the island's 285 square kilometres is public land administered by the Department of Conservation

Great Barrier Island has dozens of hot springs that come about naturally due to the earth’s thermal commotion. One popular activity is hiking along the easy-grade walking trail that extends across the Kaitoke Stream and follows the edge of the Kaitoke Swamp, leading to the Kaitoke Hot Springs. Taking an outdoor bath in the sulphurous Kaitoke Hot Springs on Great Barrier Island is a good way to tranquil your muscles after the hike.

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