Awe-worthy walks of Great Barrier Island
When you’re needing a few days of recoup and to clear your head, Aotea track is the mother of the awe-worthy walks and tracks of Great Barrier Island. Strap on you tramping boots and come see what this little pocket of Great Barrier Island is all about.
The track is essentially a 2-3 day circular or loop track around Great Barrier Forest with lots of peripheral tracks. It is an advanced track, so you will need some experience tramping prior or a guide who can take you. It is important you prepare well before embarking on any track, so make sure you have the essentials with this overnight and multi-day tramp gear list, by the DoC. There are two huts to stay at; Kaiaraara Hut and Mt Heale hut – (ahem, excuse the pun “Heale”) with plenty of wonderful views and experiences along the way. Bird life on the island and on the track is thriving so listen out for their songs and see if you can figure out who each one belongs to!
(some of) The peripheral tracks
Palmers track takes you down to the Windy Canyon walk and outlook. Climb your way through glorious flora-clothed canyon rock faces to reach phenomenal, panoramic views of Aotea Great Barrier Island.
Kaitoke Hot Springs Track
Kaitoke hot springs track might be the most relaxing of them all with the highly anticipated, natural hot springs just steaming away, waiting for you to unwind and rest those hard working tramping feet.
Coopers Castle Track
For views of the western side of the island, climb up to the volcanic rock formations of the Coopers Castle track, to the lookout for awe-worthy views of the Whangapoua Estuary.
Nicely spaced out huts for a multiday walk, Kaiaraara hut and Mt Heale hut (ahem, excuse the pun) make the perfect stops to rest for the night. Offering epic views, sunrises, sunsets and surrounded in native bush, the tracks are well loved, cared for and maintained.
Photo credit Todd Eyre
The summit Mt Hirakimata (Mount Hobson) summit has something pretty special – ultimate, non-stop, 360-degree views over the whole island. What a reward!
Warrens and Bridle tracks
Bridle track takes you to the start of Warrens track from Port Fitzroy, this is a lovely day walk which includes a beautiful waterfall and if you’re up for it, makes a great swimming spot too!
Station Rock Road Walkway
A short 600m native bush walkway taking you up to another of Great Barriers incredible views, this time out across the Tryphena Harbour.
Video credit Auckland Unlimited
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