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Auckland Sights

Great Barrier Island

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Updated 02/18/2014

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Great Barrier Island, the largest in the gulf, has a population of around 1,100, and is mostly agricultural. It's popular with surfers—particularly Awana Beach. Motuihe, a popular swimming spot, was a prisoner-of-war camp during World War I and the scene of a daring escape: Count Felix Von Luckner, known as the Sea Devil, commandeered the camp commander's boat and got as far as the Kermadec Islands before being recaptured. Access is by ferry, air, or yacht.


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