Claris is one of several hamlets on Aotea Great Barrier Island and is the closest to the airport. There is a cool hamburger bar (Swallow), an excellent cafe, a couple of shops (with a petrol bowser from the 1970s), curious museums and galleries, and a few tourist service businesses.

But its best feature is the sense of 1970s eclectic beachy, surfy kiwi vibe. You have to go there to really believe it!

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