Located in Port Fitzroy at Aotea Great Barrier Island, Glenfern Sanctuary provides unique accommodation for guests who want to be "off grid" in a beautiful location,  yet with all the luxuries of two comfortable accommodations.

Guests at Glenfern Sanctuary can enjoy hiking nearby, or make the most of the garden.


Built in 1901 the larger Fitzroy House is one of the oldest homesteads remaining on Great Barrier Island. 

Perfect for Families and Groups

There's a fully equipped kitchen, a large indoor dining area, a library and TV/living room. There are also large outside dining areas and expansive gardens to explore.

Room for 10 guests

Five bedrooms can accommodate up to 10 guests. The beds can be arranged to suit your needs, with an option of 3 doubles, 1 twin-single and a bunkroom. Alternatively, you can have 2 doubles, 2 twin-singles and a bunk room.

Fully self-contained

To make your stay convenient and comfortable, Fitzroy House is self-contained (this includes all your linen). There’s a large BBQ and a Bluetooth stereo. You’ll also find books and games. 

In addition to exploring the gardens, the many walks, in summer there's the bay a few minutes walk down the hill, where there is swimming and kayaks. 

In the winter you can snuggle up with a wood burner and stanley stove to keep you warm and cosy.

NOTE: All income from Fitzroy House and Glenfern Cottage goes towards the management of Glenfern Sanctuary, helping to protect our precious and endangered native species.

Enjoy your ultimate Barrier experience

Access to the property is by sea or road. You can bring your boat to the jetty (a mooring may be available) or drive to the house. Either way, unpack, unwind and enjoy your ultimate Great Barrier holiday experience. Don’t wait another minute.

"A totally magical weekend with friends at Glenfern Sanctuary. We stayed in the historic Fitzroy House conveniently located inside the sanctuary.  Highly recommend for a break away."