In less time than it takes to drive from one side of Auckland
to the other, you could be at Tipi & Bobs Waterfront Lodge
on Great Barrier Island, enjoying the stillness, letting your eyes rest on green hills and blue ocean, and smiling into the realisation that you have escaped...

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Tipi & Bobs Waterfront Lodge is situated in Puriri Bay on Great Barrier Island from which it commands unobstructed views across the entire harbour and out to the northern tip of the Cormandel.   Just off the Lodge’s boat ramp dolphins come close inshore to the delight of onlookers and photographers.  A five minute walk from there brings one to the Stonewall Store, Post shop and Wild Rose Cafe.  Continue along the shade dappled road a couple minutes further to the beach at Gooseberry Flat for good swimming and sunbathing.

Great Barrier Island, New Zealand

Great Barrier Island lies in the pristine waters of the Hauraki Gulf about 90km northeast of Auckland, New Zealand. Known to Maori as Aotea (White Cloud), the Island is the largest of New Zealand’s northern offshore islands, covering about 285 sq km.

Isolated and unspoilt, the Island offers a superb natural landscape, rare native animals and plants and many well-preserved historic sites. Great Barrier offers a glimpse of what life used to be like.

From the visitors Book

Comments from our visitors book in the last few months.

“Fantastic stay, great hospitality”

“Great fish and chips”

“Lovely food and atmosphere”

“Super meal thanks. Just love your island.”

“A great effort to make our fishing trip fantastic”

“Thank you so much, good as it gets.”

“The Barrier, what a hidden gem”

“Thank you so much for making our wedding an unforgettable event”

“Sweet place”

“So friendly, love it”


Restaurant & Bar

At Tipi & Bob’s Waterfront Lodge  on Great Barrier Island we hold high standards for our food service in both our restaurant and bar. We revise our menu seasonally in response to changing availability of seafood and other fresh ingredients, while at the same time maintaining old favourites like our famous seafood chowder and our scotch fillet steak topped with scallops in mornay sauce.

View from the restaurant


People come from all over the world to be married on Great Barrier Island, some because they met here, but most because they love the beauty of the island and it’s peaceful, calming atmosphere.  And what better place to celebrate it than here at Tipi & Bob’s Waterfront Lodge.  We have the facilities and expertise to satisfy all your requirements.

Wedding Toast