Medlands Beach

Great Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf and Islands

Medlands Beach on Great Barrier Island, auckland
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​Medlands Beach (Oruawharo) is the most popular beach on Great Barrier Island – Aotea, a remote island in the Hauraki Gulf that is celebrated for its unspoilt natural beauty. ​

Great Barrier Island is just a 30 minute flight by light plane or helicopter, and is also accessible by ferry or boat.

Beach information

Medlands Beach is part of an island that is alive with pristine wilderness, a nature lover’s paradise. The beach itself has easy access and is just a 10 minute drive from Claris Airport and a 15 minute drive from the ferry terminal at Tryphena.


  • Medlands is one of the island’s best surfing beaches, so bring your board.
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim surrounded by stunning scenery.
  • Take the kids to explore the expansive dunes and the shallow streams at either end of the bay.
  • Drop a line in the water and fish off the beach or rocks.
  • Explore some of the excellent walking trails nearby – Great Barrier Island – Aotea’s tracks wind through bush-clad mountains, hot thermal springs, rare native flora and fauna and historic sites.
  • Stay at the Department of Conservation camping ground, or enjoy the comforts of other local accommodation.