Visiting Aotea GBI

Visiting Aotea / Great Barrier Island

How to be a waste-wise visitor

Visitors can help the island to minimise waste by taking your waste away with you to dispose of responsibly on the mainland.

If you are visiting Aotea Great Barrier Island on holiday, plan ahead, bring minimal packaging with you, choose reusable containers, pack in, pack out, and leave nothing behind.

Roadside collections are on Mondays. The collection day moves to Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday. 

There are no public bins anywhere on the island. This means there are no 24 hour public bins at Port Fitzroy, Whangaparapara, Tryphena / Shoal Bay nor outside the Claris Landfill. Waste left in these locations is illegal dumping, and fines of $400 may be issued. To report illegal dumping, call 0800 NO DUMP (663 867).

Summer roadside collection days

Roadside collections are on Mondays. The collection day moves to Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday. 

Use this flyer for your summer services info

Roadside rubbish collection

  • Use the weekly roadside rubbish collection service for council rubbish bags or rubbish bins (if available at your accommodation)
  • Place out on collection day, before 8am.
  • You can buy 60-litre council bags from the Aotea / Great Barrier Service Centre from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm, at a cost of $3.90 each. They are closed from 23 December to 5 January 2021.
  • 60-litre council rubbish bags may also be available for purchase from these outlets. Prices may vary:
    • Stonewall Store - 82 Blackwell Drive, Tryphena
    • Port Fitzroy General Store - 2070 Aotea Road, Port Fitzroy
    • Claris Store - 129 Hector Sanderson Road, Claris
    • Mulberry Grove Store - 1 Mulberry Grove Road, Mulberry Grove
    • Great Barrier Lodge - 735 Whangaparapara Road, Whangaparapara
    • Anamata Resource Recovery Shop - 66C Gray Road, Claris.

Roadside recycling collection

  • Use the yellow 60-litre recycling crates, if available at your accommodation, to sort your plastic, glass, aluminium, and tins. 
  • Flatten and securely bundle paper and cardboard and place next to the recycling crates on the roadside on collection day. 
  • A total of 120 litres (two recycling crates' worth) of mixed recyclables (plastic, metal, and glass) can be placed out each week, along with the equivalent (two recycling crates' worth) in paper and cardboard.
  • Recycling will be collected each week, along with either the rubbish bag or rubbish bin.
  • Place the recycling crates out on the roadside on collection day, before 8am.

You can also take recycling to the Aotea Community Recycling Centre or visit the Claris Landfill to dispose of items. Summer hours: 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm every Saturday between 21 December 2020 and 6 February 2021. Closed Sunday and public holidays.