This was a fantastic family weekend away on the Great Barrier with very friendly local people and even though it was winter our accommodation was cosy warm. The location was handy to everything on the island. Our hosts were so helpful with our booking and hiring us a car - just tried to make everything simple for us. We drove around and explored the island and will definately plan more holidays here!
Very helpful, hospitable owners. Comfortable accommodation, it was great not having to take a sleeping bag as ample, warm bedding was supplied. The showers run off solar (no electricity on the island, there are only generators). Water is heated by a wet back on cloudy days. The kitchen has gas stove, fridge/freezer and many plates, pans etc. There is no microwave. Charge phones etc in the kitchen. Food limited and expensive on the island, recommend you take your own. Free Wifi. On the hill, 10 minute walk to beach.
From the moment we arrived to the time we left we were treated like family. Treats like Robyn making pancakes or Malcom taking us Fishing made us very comfortable. Ii don't know if everyone gets the same treatment but we felt very special. The Island is absolutely beautiful and weather you fish ,surf ,canoe or just trek around you wont be disappointed. We were lucky enough to be there for Malcom's birthday and went to the country club to help celebrate. The live music was exceptional and what a funky structure that Malcom actually built. It was one of the most chilled holidays I have ever been on. Make the effort to go to GBI and make sure you stop in to Medland's beach back packer for some great country hospitality Phil and the Aussie boys
having just spent 7 days on Great Barrier Island, I can honestly say it was one of the best holidays I have ever been on. The owners, Malcom and Robin were fantastic, and couldn't do enough for us. The location overlooks Medlands Beach, what a fantastic view. There was so much to do, surfing , fishing and treaking. I will definitely be going back to stay at Medlands Beach Backpackers.
We were in the 'middle house' which is the first of the two villas - well lets just say house because it was a fairly normal house. $150 a night as it's peak season. Friendly and helpful owners. You'll need to use their landline from time to time if you are organising transport or other activities, as cellphone reception is pretty much non-existent in the Medlands area. The owners and guest houses are around the property which is on a slope, a bit of a walk uphill to get there from the main road, but the payoff is having views across the land and sea. As you should already know, being fairly small (in terms of people) and remote, on Great Barrier things are not ultra modern, no electricity unless it's solar or diesel generator, goods are expensive, and transport/taxi…