Residents of Great Barrier Island revel in the fact that the island they call home is what is known as off the grid.
You won't find a reticulated power or water system, no street lights or any shopping malls. Power is self generated (through wood burners, fuel generators or solar to name a few) and water is collected in tanks. Farmers markets are a particular delight where you'll experience a plethora of home grown delights.
It's all about minimalism, living simply and getting in touch with nature.
What this means for you when you're travelling to this piece of paradise is you just need to be really prepared. Mobile reception covers most of the island but not all. It's a great place to fully disconnect and maybe even turn off your phone while you're staying here to get the full experience.
It also helps to bring across your car so you can pack everything you need from bulk water bottles, to camping gear and your bike. Though you won't find a supermarket on the island, local stores stock necessities and cafes offer delicious cuisine often caught that day, or straight from the garden.
You'll also find it helpful to pack the following items:
- Battery pack/s (to charge your devices)
- Water (can be purchased at the local shop)
- Cash (there are no ATM's on the island)
- Good walking shoes - the roads are rugged and some aren't sealed
- Gas burner if you're going camping
- Data on your phone
- A few good books
For more information about living off the grid on Great Barrier Island visit offthegridgbi.co.nz today or save Destination Great Barrier's tips for travellers here!