We are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to activities & adventures on our island.
From Marine based water activities, to hiking in the bush, we have you covered.
Right from Orama’s front yard, you can expect to swim with dolphins, Snorkel & Dive with the fish, bush walk, explore the sea and bird life on the foreshore, climb to the look-out for panoramic views and sunsets & experience our dark sky.
We offer transport around the island and work in with other transport operators where required.
Please talk to reception or dial ‘0’ on any Orama phone to discuss your transport requirements.
Orama is located in a valley with pretty amazing views surrounding It on all sides. Take a short 20-30min walk upto a lookout, or choose one of our beach walks for a day’s adventure. More info is available at Reception. Please remember to let someone know before you head off on your walk; where you’re going and an ETA home.
Situated right on a bay with a wharf & plenty of rocks to fish from, visitors enjoy fishing right from the Orama. Fishing from the Wharf at high tide or going for a rock walk around low always makes for a fun (and Yum) adventure. Most likely caught around our bay are Snapper, Kawhai & Squid. Kingi’s are plentiful in summer time but often these require access to a boat.
Great Barrier island has a whole new underwaorld waiting for you to discover. Right from the bay at Orama, you can spot stingray, fish & other underwater creatures just with a mask a snorkel. Spear Fishing is popular in the summer months from the point – a short walk out. Make sure to bring your own gear.
All you have to do is look up. Being a dark Sky Sanctuary is a pretty special thing. Not polluted by city lights, Orama is one of the darkest places on Great Barrier island. If you’re an astrophotographer, Your in one of the best places in the world to capture the night sky.
Hillary Outdoors’ Marine Centre operates from Orama’s property. From Kayaking & Coasteering adventures, to the high ropes course – if you have a group of 10 or more, you’ll want to make sure to book in an adventure with these guys. Please note that bookings in advance are essential. You can call the centre manager on 09 429 0762
Orama has plenty of outdoor and indoor games for you to make use of. Our sports shed is packed with lawn games including Volleyball, pétanque & spike ball while our indoor space has a basketball half court and table tennis tables. If you’re the boardgames type of people, we have a Seaview facing lounge with a very large stack to choose from.
Although we can’t guarantee this one, dolphins are not an uncommon site in our bay. Sometimes they come in for a short visit & a feed but sometimes they stay for hours and our guests love the opportunity to jump in and swim with the beautiful marine life. We will be sure to put in a request for you where we can.
Orama faces west looking out over Karaka Bay, through to Kaikoura Island and Little Barrier Island. It is the ideal place for experiencing the most spectacular sunsets from the front lawn, wharf, the deck of your accomodation, or from the heights of the Orama lookout. Every night is a different display – you won’t be disappointed.
Sometimes you just need some time out. Orama is the perfect place to unwind, re-charge & come for a retreat. During your time here you are welcome to be as involved in as much of our day-to-day rhythm of life & community as you like. To read more about what your retreat could look like, click HERE >>
Although we do not hire vehicles out to our guests, we can help with organising your island transport. If there are a group of you, we can assist in drop offs & pick ups. Please see reception for more details or dial ‘0’ from the nearest phone.
Great Barrier is known for it’s great surf breaks. The closest surf to Orama is 15mins away at the Whangapoa Bar. Heading south, you have a selection of east coast beach breaks including Awana, Kaitoke & Medlands. You’ll have to talk to reception or find a local to get the down lo.
If white sand, east coast beaches & dreamy rock pools are your jam, you’re on the right island! We are spoilt with choice here on Aotea with a range of beaches and coastlines to visit.
Windy Canyon, Haratonga, Mount Hobson and so so many more. There are walks to suit everyone around this beautiful island. If it’s views, waterfalls, beaches or exercise you want to do, you can grab a map from reception and plan your hike.
The Kaitoke Hot Springs Track is a popular, easy walk that follows the edge of the Kaitoke Swamp to sulphurous hot springs. The walk is flat and suitable for push chairs. It takes about 1hr one way.
The Barrier has a handful of great Cafe’s, Gourmet Burger Bars , Restaurants & Clubs to choose from. Down our end in the North,15mins over the hill you will find the Port Fitzroy Boat Club & Burger Bar. Both of these make for a good meal out.
Although the Barrier is small, our community has a large interest in re-using & recycling. There are a couple main Op Shops on our island, always full of goodies.
Anamata (Claris – Tip Shop)
St Johns Good Will (Medlands)
Glenfern Sanctuary is a 83 hectare Regional Park and the main gateway to the Kotuku Peninsula – of which a large chuck of Orama’s land also belongs to. Down at Glenfern you can explore the 600 year old Kauri tree, native bird life and swing bridges in this beautiful sanctuary with self guided or guided walks. A great time for the whole family.
There are a few companies on the island who do regular Tours. Here’s a few popular ones. For more info, visit us at Reception
Everyone knows the Barrier is a Fishermans paradise. Whether you’re over to see the sights, or catch your PB snapper, you’re in trustworthy hands with our local operators. Charters are generally available for half or full days. A couple options include:
Whether its a beach day, cafe run, or a guided tour of the island, hiring a driver for the day is an easy way to get the most out of the island. See the Orama reception for more details and the possibility of the use of our staff OR here is a list of some Shuttle & Tour Companies on the island:
Go Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Travel
Explore Great Barrier
Choose between one of the many guided walks available on Aotea, whether you want to know about history, conservation or just see the sights – come down to reception & we can point you in the right direction.
There are a few options for guided Astrophotography & Star Gazing tours on the Island. Being a Dark Sky Sanctuary means you’re in one of the best places in the world to get a look at the night sky and all it has to offer. See reception for more details.
Orama also hosts Legendary Astrophotographer; Mark Gee for his Art of Night Workshop if you are interested in learning the art of Astrophotography.
Hillary Outdoors offers group activity adventures from equipment rental through to fully facilitated corporate development programmes. Minimum of 10 people is required & bookings must be made well in advance. You can call the centre manager on
09 429 0762