Did you mean Great barrier reef in Australia or Great barrier island in New Zealand? If the island, then I can tell you it is very beautiful and pristine. There are several great hikes and many beaches, some great for surfing. It is remote however, taking several hours by ferry from Auckland. about 8 years ago
I am planning a 3 week trip to NZ, I am wondering what the best hostels are to stay at if I am traveling around by rail.
NZ is full of hostels and you can find them all online easily as well as plenty of reviews for them. I suggest you plan your itinerary then look for hostels. I also wouldn't recommend traveling by rail. There are other cheaper and more flexible options. Some even buy a cheap car at a hostel and then sell it when they leave. Alternatively hitch hiking is still an option in NZ. about 8 years ago