Great Barrier Island – Aotea is an unspoilt paradise, a remote island of rugged beauty where nature is king. It feels like another world away, yet is just a 30 minute flight from Auckland and is also accessible by ferry.
You’ll be captivated by the stunning scenery of the island, which lies at the eastern edge of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
The track is a combination of easy walking tracks, steep climbs, stairways and bridges and offers spectacular views.
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- The highest point on the island is Hirakimata/Mt Hobson at 627 metres.
- Looping the central mountainous area of the island, you’ll walk through native bush, tranquil wetlands and forests of native kauri and rimu.
- Key spots include the Kaitoke hot springs, Windy Canyon lookout and historical sites such as the Kaiaraara driving dam and tramline remnants.
Need to know
- The track is sometimes steep and is scattered with several lengthy stairways – tramping boots are recommended.
- There are two accommodation huts on the walk and bookings are essential.
- You will need to provide all of your own food, drink and all necessary equipment.