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Hiking trails suit a variety of fitness levels. The Hunua Falls Path, taking only 20 minutes, is of the most popular walks in the park. Walk through quiet native forest to the iconic Hunua Falls – which is 30 metres tall! Pop into the park for a quick day trip or tackle one of the longer hikes, ranging from two to nine hours. Be sure to bring your togs to cool off at a swimming hole or stream.
Mountain bikers can traverse the bush on three trails, as well as downhill trails for the adrenaline-seeking types. Into fishing? Head to Mangatangi and the dam face at Mangatāwhiri, and you might just catch some wild rainbow trout. Be sure to get a fish and game council licence in advance, available from most sports and fishing shops.
The Hunua Ranges is home to a wide variety of native birds, lizards and bats, and even the Hochstetter, a funny little native frog that doesn’t croak. Listen closely and you might just hear a kōkako sing, thanks to the recovery efforts by local volunteers.
Take a day trip or enjoy the starry nights at a tranquil campground, backcountry hut or private lodging around the edge of the park.
This regenerating forest is flush with kauri, rimu and mataī trees, but needs your help to prevent the spread of kauri dieback. Some trails are closed to protect the native trees, so check out Auckland Council’s website before your trip to find out which tracks are open.
Location Te wāhi
Hunua RangesPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
The Hunua Ranges are an hour’s drive from the city centre.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Enjoy lunch outdoors by setting up a picnic on the grass in front of Hunua Falls. To beat the crowds, lunch at a more secluded spot anywhere along the track.