Solitude in paradise - XSPOT Aotea Great Barrier Island

Solitude in paradise - XSPOT Aotea Great Barrier Island

A spot to unwind

Are you looking for a spot to truly relax? Be tempted by our subtropical cliff top location, modern building design, our treasure island, us, your welcoming hosts and Aotea Great Barrier Island's proximity to Auckland. We're inviting you to solitude and bliss at XSPOT!

COVID19 message to our guests

Before we welcome you in, we'd like to send you warm greetings from us here at XSPOT - we hope that you are safe and healthy, wherever you are. 

In the light of Covid's uncertainty, XSPOT's cancellation policy around Covid levels is completely flexible for NZ travellers, so that you can book with confidence.

Our island has no ICU facilities, an aging population, and many visitors, so our island community is exposed to risk. Please come fully vaccinated.

While New Zealand borders are still closed to international visitors XSPOT does not accept bookings from overseas to prevent disappointment and cancellations. Please find current international travel information here.

The most up to date Covid information can be found on the national website as well as on the Facebook site of our local Emergency Response Team.

Travel to Aotea Great Barrier Island

The XSPOT provides 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, either rented or BYO on the ferry, gets you to 421 Schooner Bay Rd, Tryphena in around half an hour. Yes, it's remote!

Cliff top design

XSPOT is an off-grid clifftop holiday apartment - modern accommodation for two. Spacious, light and passive solar with plenty of room for you 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. The waves are breaking just 100 meters below... There are wide sunset views and starry nights in this Dark Sky Sanctuary!

Find tranquility

XSPOT is away from hustle and bustle. At eight kilometers from the nearest settlement, Tryphena, XSPOT is secluded and quiet, even by island standards. We made a conscious effort to keep things simple but comfortable. It's a real (re)treat.

Aotea Great Barrier Island

If you are after sparkly dark skies, beautiful beaches, flourishing flora and 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

Onsite hosts

Your onsite hosts are only a few doors away, to assist with off grid systems and island tips are any questions you may have.

Enquire or book

Tempted? Send us a booking or an enquiry. We'd love to hear from you! And we are happy to give you a special rate for direct bookings of 7 nights or more.


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

We are looking forward to hearing from you. 

Hilde and Roger


We were 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:

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 and 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. Also milk & eggs! Watched the gannets flying by while reading and sunbathing and relaxing. You won't want to leave. Dreamy. We'll be back!' (Dec 2020).