A tranquil, remote and unspoilt paradise, the Great Barrier Island is an ideal destination for a romantic escape. Regarded as one of the most charming destinations one would come across, the island can be explored in numerous ways including kayaking around inlets and coves and tramping through native forest, surfing, taking harbour tours, golfing, fishing and mountain bike rides. It was Captain Cook who gave this island its name, owing to the barrier it forms between the open sea and the Hauraki Gulf. Travellers in search of a central Auckland hotel will be pleased to find Copthorne Hotel Auckland City. Located amidst a myriad of attractions, it is an exceptional Auckland city hotel.