Fantail Stories

Fantail Stories

Great Barrier Island

Fantail Stories cabin is set on Great Barrier Island - a 40-minute flight from Auckland, or a 4.5-hour ferry ride. The cabin is situated in Cape Barrier valley in the Tryphena area of Great Barrier Island - 10 minutes drive from the Tryphena ferry terminal or 25 minutes from the Great Barrier Aerodrome. A 4WD vehicle will be required for the access road to the hut.

Nestled into beautiful subtropical native bush, the cabin is totally secluded - and feels a million miles away from the madness of the city. The trees teem with birds. Kaka, tui, morepork, fantails, wood pigeons and many more, live and feed in the pristine bush.

The cabin is separated by a dividing wall into two areas - a large bedroom area containing a comfortable queen-size bed, and the other, a small kitchenette with a window bar and stools for indoor dining. A large deck has a pergola with shade cloth, and an outdoor table and chairs. A stunning outdoor bath and shower is a gorgeous feature at the other end of the deck.

Whether you're looking for an escape or a place to base yourself while exploring the Great Barrier Island, Fantail Stories offers so much more than just accommodation... The atmosphere, peace, tranquillity and connection to nature, combine to create an experience you'll remember for many years to come.

FROM $280 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


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  • Eating and Drinking

    is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the gas cooktop and BBQ provided in your kitchenette. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking, you'll find Tipi and Bob's Restaurant and Irish Pub ’The Currach’ (both 10-minutes away), and the My Fat Puku cafe, 30-minutes away in Claris. 

    If you need to pop out for supplies, the Stonewall Store is a 10-minute drive away.

  • Things to do

    Restful and restorative, Fantail Stories is the ideal place to base yourself while exploring Great Barrier Island.

    The cabin itself has a range of games, some books, yoga mats for guest use and of course, the outdoor bath to while away the hours. But if you're keen to get out and about, there are lots of sights to see - and some fun ways to see them!

    Motu Bikes is an electric motorbike hire company. The bikes have a moped classification so anyone can hire and ride them. Or if you're keen to explore via water - the Shiny Paua has stand-up paddleboards and kayaks for hire.

    Your host Chris is a qualified surf instructor and offers private lessons with board and wetsuit, so if you've ever had the urge to try surfing, this is the perfect opportunity! Or, if you're already a surfer, Chris has boards and wetsuits for hire. Check the Rates and Extras button for more information.

    One of the highlights of the island is the Kaitoke Hotsprings - a 40-minute drive away and easy 45-minute walk to the natural springs.

  • Your Host

    Chris is your hosts at Fantail Stories. Chris is a Kiwi with a love of hunting, fishing and surfing. For the last 7 years, he's been cruising the world - working on super-yachts and enjoying stints of being a surf and dive instructor. Chris fell head over heels for Great Barrier island - and is thrilled to now own his slice of paradise there.

    He loves the off-the-grid lifestyle on Great Barrier - using the sun for power, rain and spring for water and our trees for heating, all gifts from generous mother nature. Their self-sufficiency and sustainable living have created a healthier and happier lifestyle that he now enjoys, with frequent visits from his daughter Ro and her mother JJ. 


  • "

    We loved our stay at Fantail Stories. It is a magical place on a beautiful island and we'll definitely be back!


    - 07 Nov 2023

    1 / 7

  • "

    A beautiful spot in paradise! We had the best time here and will definitely be back!


    - 01 Apr 2023

    2 / 7

  • "

    Amazing and tranquil stay with an awesome host. Perfect place to base yourself for Great Barrier Island adventures.


    - 08 Mar 2023

    3 / 7

  • "

    Beautiful space for a getaway!


    - 01 Mar 2023

    4 / 7

  • "

    Absolutely stunning little haven away. Great hosts, 10 out of 5 stars!


    - 21 Feb 2023

    5 / 7

  • "

    This was an incredible experience. From the cosy cabin the serene setting, to the more than hospitable host. I couldn't recommend this place more. If you haven't been to the Barrier, you MUST. It's rugged and raw, yet also completely compelling and stunning. Fantail Stories is such a wonderful place to set out on your journeys and return back to relax and unwind. 11/10!


    - 13 Feb 2023

    6 / 7

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    This is the place for you if you want to feel like you're staying in the middle of the stunning bush on Great Barrier Island, but with the comfort of a nice and well setup cabin.


    - 09 Jan 2023

    7 / 7

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