Medlands Beach is located on the eastern coast of Great Barrier Island. The Island forms a barrier between Aucklands Hauraki Gulf and the open sea, creating a awesome break on it's eastern shores. With it's pristine white sand and good surf, Medlands Beach is a favorite for surfies (surfers).
Great Barrier Island has an abundance of beautiful bays and harbours to explore by boat . You can take a charter tour, or hire (rent) small boats at Okiwi, Tryphena and Port Fitzroy Harbours And you can dock or launch boats from ramps at Whangaparara, Okapu and Medands. Go fishing, diving,etc.
The kayaking people in Tryphena are really friendly and fun. You can go out on your own or (as I did) go out in a double with the guide. I went with Jane, a cheery, chatty Canadian who is running the place and I really enjoyed it. I also hired a wetsuit and snorkel for a couple of days from them.
Also on the other side of the island if you go past Claris and keep on until you cross a small bridge there are kayaks for hire there too. You can go up the river towards the wetlands or down river and come out on Kaitoke beach. Nice way to pass an hour or so.
Equipment: You can hire it all on the Barrier.
The waters around the island are clean and clear and worth exploring. You will find crayfish hiding in the rocks, kina (a spiny sea urchin and Maori delicacy) and scallops - yum!
Equipment: Bring scuba and snorkel gear (unfortunately I don't think there is anywhere on the island that you can hire this sort of thing, so it is best to bring your own). There is a dive information station at Port Fitzroy, right by the wharf where you can hire dive tanks or get your own filled.