Paddles & Saddles at Tryphena House, Great Barrier Island

Paddles & Saddles at Tryphena House, Great Barrier Island


Spring has arrived on Great Barrier Island. Its a wild but beautiful day. Check out our new magical pathway leading up to our outdoor heated bath tubs looking over Tryphena Harbour. We reckon they're the best baths on the Barrier... and perhaps even New Zealand. Just one of many reasons to choose to stay with us on Great Barrier Island. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ต๐ŸŒฑโœจ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒŒ๐Ÿ›€ We're filling up for spring and summer. โœ‰๏ธBook your break with us now. Great rates for singles, doubles or larger group bookings.
Spring is here on Great Barrier Island. Wild but beautiful weather. Check out our magical new pathway leading up to our outdoor heated bath tubs at Tryphena House. We reckon they're the best bath tubs on the Barrier... or perhaps the whole of New Zealand... Just one great reason to stay with us on Great Barrier Island.๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ต๐ŸŽฃ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒŒ๐Ÿ›€
Thank you Lucy & Pete for being so generous with your time and making my boysโ€™ dreams come true. What a fabulous spot you have at Puriri bay. You are both awesome๐Ÿ˜Š

Waterfront group accommodation at Tryphena House on Great Barrier Island. Watersports gear including kayaks, paddleboards and fishing gear available to guests.

Please note we have stopped hiring electric bikes and scooters

Operating as usual

[10/16/20]   Here's a little update from us...

We have made a few changes for this summer. We will no longer be renting out watersports gear or electric bikes and scooters. We will just be concentrating on our accommodation.
We can highly recommend Motubikes near Claris airport and there are several places to hire kayaks on the island.

We are happy to take some advanced bookings, so please give Pete a call and he will be able to advise if we can fit a booking in around guests.

We hope you all have a lovely summer on Aotea

Great Barrier Island

Hello Level 2(.5) on Aotea/Great Barrier Island!
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It's time to get out and support our local businesses. We have three awesome cafรฉs on Aotea serving delicious organic coffee, teas and baked goodies for you to indulge in... โ˜•โ˜•โ˜•
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Support local, but keep eachother safe.
1. Record your movements with the COVID tracer app (thats right even on remote Aotea we use apps!)
2. Wear a mask when entering public spaces.
3. Wash, wash, wash your hands.
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Shot taken in Mulberry Grove Cafรฉ and store.

Top tip: They've got a great space to sit with a coffee and face out over uninterrupted views of Tryphena Harbour or grab that last jar of Barrier honey before you hop on the ferry.
#greatbarrierisland Visit Auckland #supportlocal

Great Barrier Island

As we sit in Alert level 3 again on Aotea/Great Barrier Island we are forced to spend more time reflecting on 2020 and the whirlwind it has been.

Regardless of alert levels, Aotea always provides a sanctuary to slow down, reflect and take stock of what truly matters in life. For now we protect our borders and people but we look forward to when we can welcome you back and share our sanctuary with you.

We love this beautiful and calming shot capturing Hirakimata - Thank you Carol Comer Photography

#greatbarrierisland #visitauckland #backyourbackyard #lockdown2020 #alertlevel3 Visit Auckland 100% Pure New Zealand

The best of Great Barrier Island

Check out our feature ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ Great Barrier offers peace and quiet close to the city.

Pa Beach cafe, just along the coast from us in Tryphena.

Producing creative and delicious, organic coffee, breakfasts, lunch and gourmet packed dinners a great pick for any guest to Tryphena House.

#greatbarrierisland #pabeachcafe #aucklandeats #visitaukland

What's on for lunch at Pa Beach.

We are making fresh pasta each day for our winter warmers. Alessandro is changing flavors and styles often to keep things interesting.

We also have a delicious breakfast special of French toast made with our own brioche bread, poached pears and berry mascarpone

So good.

Pete & Lucy's Profile - Airbnb

You are right! We aren't visible on airbnb right now. Fear not - we know. We will be reopening our listing in August ready for September onwards.

For now- we are flicking through reviews remembering all the awesome people who came to stay with us in 2019/20 - We can't wait for you to return!

#greatbarrierisland #visitauckland #purenewzealand

Island Gin

Happy World Gin Day 2020 from Tryphena House.

Great Barrier Island has one of the most remote distilleries in the Southern Hemisphere.

To celebrate we'll be heading down to the Currach Irish Pub & The Innkeeper's Lodge for gin tasting this evening with Island Gin.

This has got us feeling nostalgic about summer. We can't wait to come in from a day on the fishing, beaching, hiking or paddling and sit on the deck, pour a G&T just the way we like it and watch the world go over Tryphena Harbour. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿธ

Happy World Gin Day from our part of the world to yours.
For your chance to win a luxe long weekend over here on Great Barrier Island go to for details.
We are one of the most remote distilleries in the Southern Hemisphere.
I hope wherever you are in the world today you will be enjoying a gin just the way you like it.

#nz #gin #supportlocal #sustainable #island #community

It's on! Tryphena House Bath experiences now available.
Tried and tested on these two lovely ladies this evening. You can now book in for a special evening bath experience.

Perfect for a date night, girls night, lads night (?!), mum and daughter quality time or just treat yourself to some peace and quiet on your own.

๐Ÿ›€ Baths ready and warm on arrival
๐ŸŒฟHomemade natural bath bombs
๐Ÿซ Delicious Whittaker's chocolate
๐Ÿ”ฅ Candles
๐ŸŒบ Fresh towels

BYOB and snacks. Wine glasses, knife and board provided if required for snacks.
Included at no extra charge in the light is spectacular views over Tryphena Harbour and hopefully a spectacular night sky when the sun does down.

$60 per couple. (Single rate available)

๐Ÿ“จTo book please send me a message
or a text to: 027 616 4756.

The Wilderness 100: The 8 best trips in Northland and Auckland - Wilderness Magazine

Great Barrier Island's Aotea Track featured in the Wilderness Mag top 100. One of the best 8 trips around Auckland and Northland.

It takes you through Aucklands largest conservation park and only a quick 30 minute flight from Auckland.

So how can you make the most of the Aotea track AND stay with us at at Tryphena House. Simple really. Heres what we recommend...

Hop off the plane in Claris- book a shuttle to the Aotea Track, we recommend the Green gate entrance- contact us if you need a hand

Spend 2 nights completing the Aotea Track. Heading back down via the Kaitoke Natural hot springs for a well deserved soak

Book a shuttle to Tryphena House or to a local car rental to pick up a car or if you are a big group - a van from Aotea Car Rentals (This depends on how much more exploring you'd like to do!)

Book in with us for 2+ nights following the Aotea Track. Relax, unwind and soak in our baths under the stars- great for those post walk aches. If you're feeling up to it take a swim or head out on a paddle board or kayak from the bottom of our garden to explore Puriri Bay.

What else can you see and do?

For eating: We're 2km along the coast to Tryphena, we've got Pa Beach Cafe right on our doorstep for breakfast, brunch, lunch and delicious baking. Plus the Currach Irish Pub & The Innkeeper's Lodge perfect for a relaxing pint in their beer garden.

For artists: You can also take a stroll up the road to the Elephant Gallery or Black Cow Gallery and pick up some local art from our incredible local creatives.

For beaches: Pa Beach and Gooseberry flat - white sands and crystal lear waters, perfect for a swim and dolphin spotting or head over the hill to long, sweeping, wild and empty Medland's beach (when the tide is right you can bask in the mermaid pool).

Contact us for any reccomendations. We are happy to help you plan and make the most out of a trip to our paradise. โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿš—๐ŸŒŒ๐ŸŒฟ Looking for a new challenge this year (or for the remainder of your life)? How about ticking off the Wilderness 100?

We are loving all the fresh, delicious and creative food from Pa Beach Cafe- Just along the coast road in Tryphena you can head down for Coffee, Pastries, breakfast and lunch.
Coming with a group? Check out their creative catering and platters.
Venturing up the island to discover the North? Order a picnic box

Big Thank you to owners Rochelle & Alex! We are lucky to have Pa Beach Cafe right on our doorstep.

Did you know we can do catering? From picnic lunch boxes to large gatherings. We also make specialty grazing platters.

Feel free to email us for any questions.

[email protected]

(Some photos are of our previous buisness on waiheke island)

City guides: Auckland through the eyes of a local

Have you ever wondered why Auckland is a city of sails? Perhaps because its actually a city of islands...

Great Barrier Island is the jewel in the crown- with the largest sheltered harbour in the Hauraki gulf.
Come ashore or fly over to experience innovative, self sufficient offgrid style living and accommodation, Aucklands largest conservation park, the most incredible stars you can experience within a city region and friendly locals who are happy to share these experiences with you.

We are pleased to feature in this great City Guide article with Good Heavens, @star treks and Motubikes. Local businesses using their local knowledge and friendly welcome to share their corner of Auckland with you.

#greatbarrierisland The city's diversity really does make it the de facto cultural capital of the South Pacific.

Hello to all our Followers,

We will be closing our main operation from now until September. We are using this time to make some tweaks to our product for all those backyard travellers we expect to see in next season. Our beautiful old Tryphena House will be seeing some touch ups over winter and we will be saving up our energy for next seasons restart.

Pete may be the duracel bunny but will need a recharge before next season! We think its going to be BIG for the Barrier and excited to welcome visitors back in full force.
We also have some other tricks up our sleeves we are hoping to launch for next season. Watch this space.

Two things we will be doing this winter:

- Scooter bookings - Weather permitted by enquiry only

- Outdoor bath experiences - If you are staying in the Tryphena Area would like to experience the night sky soaking in our outdoor bath tubs. Complimentary Natural bath bombs and chocolate included. Details to follow. Send us an enquiry.

See you next season.

Pete, Lucy and Panzer

To all our guests and scooter adventurers that have been lucky enough to taste a Swallow burger. This is our kind of Barrier drive thru and they are back in action...

Today's menu phone 226 or just stop by,
open till 3pm

Home delivered Beer!!!!! Go Aotea Brewing


Home beer delivery is available on-island starting tomorrow!
Order your fresh, cold beer by midday for same-day delivery. Lupe the Bedford can't wait to bring your favourite brews right to your door!

Order online now via our website ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿป

#BeerDelivery #CraftBeerToYourDoor #DrinkLocal #SupportLocal

Tryphena House hidden in the our Frangipani tree.

Our frangipani is still flowering and so are our neighbours hibiscus'. We love our temperate climate. We've also harvested our first 4 bunches of bananas this week. Watch out for up and coming banana updates from Tryphena House. ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒผ

It's chilling down and bath time is heating up... You may have missed the last bit of summer feeling weather for a holiday due to lockdown... But there are still reasons to visit us late winter and into spring. One being these baths, two being our #darkskysanctuary and three being there's definitely no rule to say you can't kick back and enjoy @islandgin through out the whole year! ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒŒ
#greatbarrierisland #nzmustdo #newzealand #thegreatoutdoors #outdoorbaths #darkskysanctuary #explorenz

We haven't seen this view for while. Lock down restrictions mean we can't go over the hill unless we have an essential reason. We miss Medlands and all the East Coast beaches on #greatbarrierisland And can't wait to reunite as much as so many of our visitors.
Good things come to those who wait... ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ #nzmustdo #lockdown

Great Barrier Island... Stunning, empty and isolated beaches, this one is just 2km along the coast road from our accommodation.
Bring on warmer days and much needed travel after all this blows over. We can't wait. #greatbarrierisland

Papatลซฤnuku (our earth mother) is Breathing

Papatลซฤnuku (our earth mother) is Breathing

Sit at a distance, stand as one.
When the time is right, we welcome you.
But for now, listen.

We love this from Visit Auckland. Spot GBI - our beaches still look as empty as they are throughout most of the year. How lucky we are to live in empty paradise.

We have had offers from previous guests about booking their trips upfront to help us out (and maybe so they can get excited about being able to travel again!!!). We are so grateful for these offers, would like everyone to know we are hanging in their, looking forward to welcoming anyone who would like to stay with us back, when the time is right.

Enjoying our space, the views and this beautiful place we are so grateful to be in right now.

Pete partially agrees, we all know it would be better if he could go fishing...

Sit at a distance, stand as one. When the time is right, we welcome you. But for now, listen. Papatลซฤnuku (our earth mother) is breathing. ------------------...

Pete spending quality time with his reels, remembering the good times when he use to go fishing... ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ #gonebynotforgotten #greatbarrierisland #onthewater

Donโ€™t miss Venus and the Pleiades around April 3 |

Whilst we have no guests at the moment and we are finding this hard- we have our outdoor bathtubs all to ourselves. What a treat.

Tonight, we'll be kicking back in the tubs with some wine, chocolate and the night sky, on the look out for Venus & Pleiades.

On your next trip to stay with us, we highly recommend booking in with Good Heavens and let the experts guide you through our incredible dark skies...๐ŸŒŒ๐ŸŒฟ Watch for the close pairing of the brightest planet, Venus, with the little dipper-shaped Pleiades star cluster. Their conjunction is April 3, but any evening around then will be lovely!

What are you growing? We love sharing fresh veg from our veggy gardens with guests. We'll be spending this down time improving our veggy garden, gathering seaweed and prepping the soil. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’กThere's no time like the present to start growing your own produce... Herbs are a great place to start. We use huge amounts of dill, parsley, coriander and basil.
#lockdown #greatbarrierisland #selfsufficient #growyourown #freshproduce #seeyousoon

Emergency Management Teams message: Keep COVID-19 over there.
For all of you who know us, we are Pete & Lucy, we own and run this pretty young tourism business (not great timing). Whilst Great Barrier Island pulls together to protect the community, particularly the vulnerable, all we can do at this present time is feel so incredibly lucky to have both made the choice to move here. The foreseeable future looks a little tougher than expected as we discourage visitors to the island. We are honouring existing bookings but checking people's recent movements and making sensible decisions, plus allowing people to postpone or cancel their trips. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to share our spot when the time is right and we can't wait to see you all again #greatbarrierisland ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ


Today: For anyone who would like to get some fresh air today I will be here all day and you are welcome to take out our kayaks/paddleboards into Puriri Bay. Anyone who was doing the beach clean- please scour the coast and collect an rubbish you may find, leave with us and I will drop at the trailer Taryn has organised.

In the coming weeks: Any locals would like some fresh air/to do something fun, please know you can come and use our water equipment. We just ask you call ahead so we can check weather/that we are here and organise.

Happy Saturday

Lucy & Pete

Welcome to the Great Barrier Island Visitor Survey

Kia Ora,

To anyone who has stayed with us this season, we would love it if you clicked on the link and answer some questions about your trip to the Barrier. Takes 5 minutes.

You no doubt loved your trip to the island, so we'd loved to hear about what you loved but also if there were any barriers that made your trip harder to book, plan or do certain things whilst you were here.

The idea is to collect as many responses to help us to improve visitor experience.

If you're reading this and you're a local- great. You can click here and complete the local survey . We want to hear from you too...

Thanks As a recent visitor to Aotea / Great Barrier Island, we invite you to participate in research designed to improve the visitor experience as well as support us to make good decisions for tourism on Aotea / Great Barrier Island.

Here's a sneak peak of the Gray's Homestead museum in Claris-to see more you can check it out on your next trip to the Barrier. Search for Puriri Bay Road, Tryphena, you'll find us right at the end on the water protected by bird rock islet and the reef. #greatbarrierisland

Meet our guest Paddy. Paddy is from Northern Ireland, lives and works in Auckland.
Paddy's past times include acounting, swinging on rope swings on Great Barrier Island, talking about Donegal and manually pollinating his coffee bean plant. โ˜•๐ŸŒฟ
Paddy and his girlfriend Amy have been to Great Barrier Island 4 times in the past 2 years, twice to stay with us at Tryphena House - mainly in Autumn. We highly recommend him as a guest, 5 star rating #greatbarrierisland

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Killer Whales in Puriri Bay
Fancy getting out on the water this anniversary weekend? We've got a pretty sweet spot. Welcome to Paddles & Saddles at Tryphena House, Great Barrier Island.
Aussies catching their first snapper on the Barrier with our fishing kayaks, rod and reels!



Tryphena House, 207 Puriri Bay Road, Great Barrier Island

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 18:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:30
Thursday 08:00 - 18:30
Friday 08:00 - 18:30
Saturday 08:00 - 18:30
Sunday 08:00 - 18:30
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