XSPOT Aotea Great Barrier Island Solitude in paradise

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Welcome to XSPOT - experience solitude

X marks this hidden and gorgeous spot.

Even though XSPOT is in plain view, right on top of a cliff, it's also a hidden gem. In its isolated location, it offers solitude and space for relaxation. The architecturally designed apartment is modern and light and has 270 degree views over the Hauraki Gulf.

It's a great place to unwind, but also a perfect base to explore Aotea Great Barrier Island. And the island's proximity to Auckland makes this an easy getaway. We're inviting you to XSPOT bliss!

XSPOT interior - Aotea Great Barrier Island - New Zealand
Space to re-energise - modern, light and spacious architectural design

Travel to Aotea Great Barrier Island

XSPOT offers peace and quiet, a scenic half hour flight with Barrier Air from Auckland or North Shore Airport, or a four and a half hour cruise by Sealink ferry from Wynyard Wharf in downtown Auckland.

Finding XSPOT

Once you have landed on Great Barrier Island, either in Tryphena or in Claris, a 4WD car will get you to 421 Schooner Bay Rd, Tryphena in around half an hour. Bring your own car on the ferry, or book one well in advance from one of our local rental car companies. We are looking forward to welcoming you on the day. 

XSPOT GReat Barrier Island New Zealand
With views this wide, it's easy to keep an eye on marine wildlife

Cliff top design

XSPOT is an off-grid clifftop holiday apartment - modern accommodation for two. Spacious, light and passive solar with plenty of room to unwind, away from every day distractions.

Best feature - The view

There's a well-equipped open plan kitchen, but our guests claim that its best feature are the fantastic close-up views over the Hauraki Gulf. Waves are breaking just hundred meters below... This spot has the widest sunset views and amongst the starriest nights in this Dark Sky Sanctuary!

Milky Way above XSPOT Great Barrier Island New Zealand
The island is a Dark Sky Sanctuary, and XSPOT is a fantastic place to enjoy the night sky

Find tranquility

XSPOT is away from the hustle and bustle of Tryphena and Medlands in the summer. At eight kilometers from the nearest settlement, Tryphena, XSPOT is secluded and quiet, even by island standards. The apartment is effortlessly beautiful and comfortable. It's a real (re)treat.

Aotea Great Barrier Island

If you are after sparkly dark skies, beautiful beaches, flourishing flora and endangered fauna, amazing arts and crafts, wonderful walks or a combination of the above, we think there is nothing that beats Aotea. Find some of our best tips here.

XSPOT GReat Barrier Island New Zealand Look out point
From the look out point thirty meters from the veranda, the sunset view is out of this world

Onsite hosts

Hilde and Roger, your onsite hosts are on standby right next door, to assist with off grid systems and island tips. Having hosts onsite means you can make the most of your island time. Use us! Chat to us on your way to/from your car. We love to hear how you are getting on. Apart from a quick chat when we are around, you won't see us, unless we spot dolphins or a whale. In which case we will give you a shout.

Enquire or book

Please do not hesitate to send us an enquiry. We'd love to hear from you! And we are very happy to give you a special rate for direct bookings of 5 nights or more, especially in our low season, from June - September. Email: orange.kiwi@xtra.co.nz


Do you have a loved one with a birthday, a wedding or an anniversary? We can assist if you'd like to buy a gift voucher or the perfect wedding present: a honeymoon at XSPOT!

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Birdseye view of XSPOT Great Barrier Island New Zealand luxury accommodation
We love our beautiful home and are looking forward to sharing it with you.


XSPOT was awarded the Golden Piwa award for best NZ eco-friendly accommodation in 2014. Lonely Planet website rated us as a stylish retreat and we were super excited to feature in Pio Terei's Off the grid programme (this link only works in NZ and Australia). Come and experience XSPOT!

Guest Feedback:

Lauren: Wow, just wow! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the views were
phenomenal, all the information Hilde gave us was wonderful, and the
secluded feel made it even more special. I’d highly recommend this place
for anyone looking for a special weekend away. (Sep 2022)

Nadia: A lovely home with stunning views! Hilde and Roger were great hosts
and very easy to communicate with. It was the perfect spot to explore the
island from and a great place to stargaze. (January 2022)

Christian and John: X spot it a very special place - we enjoyed our stay and
we are sure you will too - the view is just amazing and the place is very
well appointed (December 2021)

Toni: If X-Spot marks where you will find a treasure then this surely is it.
What a gem! Stunning views and beautiful, comfortable accommodation.
Only wish we could stay longer. We will be back! (July 2021)

Lorraine: Highly recommend this spot for people looking for seclusion
and peace in a beautiful setting.The fireplace kept us cosy and the views
were unbeatable. Plus we saw whales! Hilde and Roger are great hosts and
gave us great tips on activities, groceries etc. (May 2021)

Sam: 'Great place, amazing location and superb hosts and general
atmosphere!'  (Jan 2021)

Emma: 'We absolutely loved our stay at the x spot. The view is incredible
and the photos don’t do it justice. If your after a relaxing holiday then we
would certainly recommend staying here. The apartment is modern and
luxurious. The bedroom and en-suite are lovely (there aren’t any
photos but exceeded our expectations) (Dec 2020-Jan 2021)

Jennifer: 'We loved this place soooo much. It's the nicest Air BNB we've
ever stayed at and Hilde is a gem of a host. Stunning pool, views, furniture,
kitchen, great water pressure in the shower, and a wonderful selection of
tea & coffee and milk! Watched the gannets flying by while reading and
sunbathing and relaxing. You won't want to leave. Dreamy. We'll be back!'
(Dec 2020).