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“Arriving at Fitzroy House, and indeed its more modest neighbour, [Glenfern] Cottage, is a special experience. The moment you reach the pest-proof fence – the legacy of the Late Tony Bouzaid whose aim was to keep this part of magic Great Barrier Island as pristine as possible – you realize you are entering a special sort of Eden, a place this community treasures and has strived to protect.

The splendour of the luxury of Fitzroy House itself – a large, open-plan and gorgeous historic homestead – is a surprise: it doesn’t feel as though staying on a conservation estate should feel so luxurious. From every west-facing window there are tantalizing views of the deep, still, Fitzroy Harbour and, on the hill behind the house, moreporks call through the night from the cover of the bush.

There are a multitude of things to do – the trouble is what to do first, and how to fit it all in. Choose from a plunge into the depths off the private wharf (a short stroll through a nature walk down the hill), take an open kayak and explore the little bays of Fitzroy Harbour or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop into one of the more serious sea kayaks and go further afield.

The real treasures, however, are up the hill behind the house, happily residing in the regenerating bush of some 15,000 planted natives and ancient forest too tough for the loggers of yesteryear to bother with. Birdlife is multitudinous, and on the rise, thanks to the efforts of the conservation team and their wide network of volunteers. Scott and Emma will give you the full rundown of their work and the value of protecting our vulnerable fauna. There are several tracks to explore, and you can take a moment to check out the breeding pair of Pateke ducks on the pond, view the memorial to Bouzaid at the top of the hill, and walk into the branches of a 600-year-old kauri tree via a swinging bridge into its crown. Walk the easy, board-walked track down the outrageously lush valley back to the house.

On a special island, Glenfern Sanctuary is a uniquely special place, one in which you can combine a rediscovery of nature with a deeply relaxing and comfortable stay.”
-James Russell
Editor Elements Magazine