“Rangitoto Island is only 25 minutes by ferry and it’s so unique with its lava fields and caves. It’s only an hour’s walk to the summit and the views from the top are just incredible.”
Sir John Kirwan
Explore the Stony Batter Historic Reserve on Waiheke Island and its unusual rocky outcrops and impressive gun emplacements dating back to World War II. Take your car to Waiheke, or if you’re feeling fit, try one of the marked tracks from Matiatia Bay to explore the coastline.
Take the Te Haerenga guided journey of Rangitoto and Motutapu islands and learn about the islands’ Māori history and stories, led by a Ngai Tai tribal guide. The interactive tour includes learning traditional practices such as food harvesting, weaving, and the medicinal properties of native flora.
The Aotea Track on Great Barrier Island is a mix of easy walking tracks and steep climbs; the full tramp takes several days or choose an easier part of the track – either way, it’s hard to find natural beauty that beats The Barrier. The Kaitoke natural hot springs are a popular pick, or climb Mount Hobson, the highest point on the island. Find out how to help protect against kauri dieback here.
Take one of the easy coastal walks on Tiritiri Matangi Island, like the Hobbs Beach Track (10 minutes from the main wharf), where you might see nesting penguins and native kereru. The one-hour Kawaura Track takes you through coastal forest and pohutukawa trees thought to be 800 to 1000 years old.