Fondest memory: These rare and indangered wood pigeons are called Kererus.The following web site has some better quality pictures of the Kereru and more information: http://www.tiritirimatangi.org.nz/Fauna/PigeonNZ.htm]
Favorite thing: The local tourist information office is only open during the summer months, generally from around Christmas and staying open for approximately 3 months or so, depending largely on how busy the season is. You can get information on accommodation, where to rent a car, walks, wildlife and more. And you can buy a Great Barrier Island tee shirt too! Lots of great info, and friendly and helpful service. Just up the road from the wharf at Port Fitzroy, between the library and the general store.
Great Barrier Island is, as I have said, sparsely populated with few roads, dense bush, and is surrounded by crystal clear waters. Both the island and the surrounding waters are home to lots of wildlife, including some endangered species, so it is important to protect the special environment here. Take care to guard against fire, especially during hot, dry weather, and take any rubbish away with you.
The island makes it easy for campers and boaties to deal with their rubbish, by providing good facilities, including recycling facilities, at Port Fitzroy, and over the Christmas/Summer holiday period, there is even a floating rubbish station for passing boaties at the entrance to Fitzroy harbour. So, no excuses!