Great Barrier Island is a remote paradise where most folks go to get away from things. As a result, Great Barrier Lodge is powered by the sun and has a back-up generator in case of emergencies. Hairdryers and hair straighteners are best left at home as these are not kind to sustainable power systems and can sometimes cause outages.
Most importantly, wi-fi is available on the island. Claris Airport has a great wi-fi connection. Great Barrier Lodge has wi-fi access during the day – this is turned off overnight to conserve battery capacity. There is intermittent service while we are out on the trails, but we can’t guarantee a sustained, strong connection. If you require access to important digital documents while on the island, we recommend you download these to your device before you leave home. A portable battery bank for your mobile phone is also an excellent idea!