Great Barrier Island is a large rugged and sparsely populated island of New Zealand, situated 90 km to the north-east of Auckland in the outer Hauraki Gulf. With an area of 285 kmē it is the fourth largest island of New Zealand's main chain of islands, though its highest point, Mount Hobson, rises only 621m. The island is so named as it acts as a barrier between the Pacific Ocean and Gulf. The eastern coast comprises long, clear beaches, windswept sand-dunes, and heavy surf. The western coast, sheltered and calm, is home to hundreds of tiny, secluded bays which offer some of the best diving and boating in the country.
This remote island was initially exploited for its kauri trees and now has a permanent population of around 1100, primarily in coastal settlements such as Tryphena, the largest settlement at the southern end of the island. Other communities are Okupu, Whangaparapara, Claris, Kaitoke and spectacular Port Fitzroy reached through the narrow Man-O-War Passage.
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