Earthsong Lodge is a luxury escape in Great Barrier Island, just a short ferry ride from central Auckland. The island, which is the fourth largest in New Zealand, is an eco-tourist’s dream come true. Besides housing numerous native birds, much of the area is protected conservation land and its clear skies are optimal for long bouts of stargazing. Earthsong Lodge stays true to the island’s sustainable nature by offering its amenities for a limited number of guests at a time – the lodge can accommodate a maximum of six people. The property is surrounded by olive groves and lush forestry, and the lodge’s on-site restaurant takes full advantage of the island’s produce and freshly caught fish.