Welcome to Great Barrier Island, New Zealand's answer to Paradise.

With its white, sandy beaches and thermal hot springs; its crystal-clear waters for snorkelling and diving; and its verdant forests for fabulous nature walks, Great Barrier Island offers everything for the independent traveller who wants to get away from it all to a simpler way of life.

Alys and Steve, my very first guests.

In keeping with this, Manuka Lodge offers affordable self-contained accommodation.

Set in tranquil gardens and utilising solar power and rainwater, Manuka Lodge is just the place in which to relax.