Walking on Aotea Great Barrier Island

Aotea/Great Barrier Island is a hikers paradise. Our walks are mostly on public land owned by the people of Aotearoa/New Zealand and managed by either the Department of Conservation (Aotea Conservation Park) or the Auckland Council.

The Aotea Conservation Park covers more than 12,000 hectares and has multiple walking tracks for novice and experienced walkers. Aotea/Great Barrier Island has the only multi-day wilderness walk in the Auckland region, with two DOC huts and numerous campsites. It’s the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and families.

Enjoy the abundance of walks available on the island, but please keep to the tracks to avoid damaging rare native plants and disturbing native wildlife.

You can also stop kauri dieback and protect kauri. Kauri dieback disease is spread through the soil.

  • Scrub soil off your shoes and gear and check its all removed before you go.
  • Use a cleaning station when you enter and leave tracks
  • Always stay on the track

For more information visit: How you can help save kauri

For more walking track information and details on track closures, you can visit out the Department of Conservation on Great Barrier Island website.

It’s worth checking out Yolo Solo travel blog who offers an ‘Ultimate guide to walks, hiking and huts on Great Barrier Island’.

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Johnson's Bay & Ruahine Lookout
Duration
3-4 hours return
Difficulty/Grade
Moderate
South Fork Track
Categories
Duration
3 hr one way
Difficulty/Grade
Advanced
Island Bay Track
Categories
Duration
2 hours return
Difficulty/Grade
Moderate
Iona Mine
Categories
Duration
15 minutes return
Difficulty/Grade
Easy
Kiwiriki Track
Categories
Duration
4 hrs one way
Difficulty/Grade
Advanced
Bush's Beach Track
Categories
Duration
35 mins oneway
Difficulty/Grade
Medium
Old Lady Track, Port Fitzroy
Categories
Duration
45 minutes
Difficulty/Grade
Easy
Port Fitzroy to Coopers Castle
Categories
Duration
2 hr 30 min - 3 hr one way
Difficulty/Grade
Advanced
Wairarapa Graves - Onepoto Site
Categories
Duration
15 minutes oneway
Difficulty/Grade
Easy
Station Rock Lookout
Duration
20 minutes
Difficulty/Grade
Moderate walking track
The Aotea Track
Duration
2 to 3 days
Difficulty/Grade
Advanced tramping track
Harataonga Coastal Walkway & Loop Track
Categories
Duration
4 hours for the Coastal Walkway, 30mins for the Loop Track
Difficulty/Grade
Moderate
Windy Canyon & Palmers Track
Categories
Duration
15 minutes to Windy Canyon, 3 hours to Mt Hobson summit
Difficulty/Grade
Easy hiking track
Dolphin Bay/Ross Bay Track
Duration
3 hours return
Difficulty/Grade
Steep in places and rocky descent to Ross Bay
Old Mill Track, Whangaparapara
Categories
Duration
2 Hours return
Difficulty/Grade
Easy walking track
Forest Road
Categories
Duration
5 Hours
Difficulty/Grade
Advanced tramping track
Te Ahumata Track & Summit
Categories
Duration
1 hour one way
Difficulty/Grade
Advanced
Wairarapa Graves - Tapuwai Site Track
Categories
Duration
30 minutes one way
Difficulty/Grade
Easy
Kowhai Valley Track
Duration
1-2 hours walking one way, or 45 minutes downhill mountain biking
Difficulty/Grade
Moderate walking, Advanced mountain biking
Warren's & Bridle Track
Categories
Duration
1 Hour one way
Difficulty/Grade
Easy walking track
DOC Aotea Track PDF
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