Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto and Great Barrier Island, in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf, are amongst the many beautiful and significant places to visit in the Auckland region.

 Track, hut, and campsite closures on Great Barrier Island

Alert updated 21 October 2014:

The severe weather in June closed many DOC tracks, some campsites and the Kaiaraara Hut on Great Barrier Island. These are being assessed and updates will be made as they come in.

There are still many great visitor experiences open in the south of the island. Most Auckland Council parks and tracks are open.

DOC facilities that are open:

  • Campsites - Whangapoua, Harataonga, Awana, Medlands and The Green. 
  • The following section of the 'Aotea Track': Kaitoke Hot Springs Track to Tramline Track North to Peach Tree Track to Mt Heale Hut.
  • Mt Heale Hut
  • Tramline Track
  • Windy Canyon Track and Palmers Track to the Hirakimata summit – this is a one way route only.
  • Haratonga Coastal Walkway and Loop Track
  • Old Mill Track, Whangaparapara - slippery and steep sections.
  • Whangaparapara Peak Track
  • Te Ahumata Track
  • Burrill's Track
  • Wairarapa Graves Walkway
  • Cooper's Castle Track - open to the Coopers Castle Lookout only.
  • Warren's Track, Port Fitzroy - sections of the original track have been re-routed.
  • Old Lady Track - open from Port Fitzroy to the lookout only.

DOC facilities that are closed:

  • Kaiaraara Hut - currently closed, although bookings are being taken from 1 December 2014.
  • Kaiaraara Track
  • Forest Road
  • Pack Track and Withey's Track, Whangaparapara
  • Akapoua campground at Port Fitzroy
  • Port Fitzroy tramping tracks: Kiwiriki Track and Line W Track
  • Port Fitzroy walking tracks: Bridle Track and Bush's Beach Track
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Northland region

Toetoe Northland. Photo: C. Rudge.

Northland is a popular destination, with many places to visit, including Urupukapuka Island, Mimiwhangata Coastal Park and Waipoua Forest.

North Auckland

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve. Photo: Danica Stent.

North Auckland includes New Zealand's oldest marine reserve - Cape Rodney-Okakari Point.

Hauraki Gulf Islands

Southwest coast of Rakitu Island and Great Barrier Island in the distance. Photo copyright: Kim Westerkov (DOC USE ONLY).

The Hauraki Gulf have a multitude of islands, including Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto, Motutapu and Motuihe islands, Great Barrier, Kawau and Waiheke to name a few. Many of the islands are open to the public to visit.

Central and South Auckland

Fort Takapuna.

The Central & South Auckland region has many special places worth visiting, including Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve and North Head Historic Reserve.

Coromandel region

Beach at Whangapoua Harbour, Coromandel Peninsula. Photo: Sietse Bouma.

Learn about some of the places you can visit in the Coromandel region, including Kauaeranga Valley and Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve.

Waikato region

Mount Pirongia.

Discover the places of the Waikato region, including Pureora Forest Park, Pirongia Forest Park and Ruakuri Caves and Bush Scenic Reserve.

Kermadec Islands

Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands. Photo copyright Gareth Rapley. DOC USE ONLY.

Lying some 1000 kilometres northeast of New Zealand, the Kermadec Islands is the most remote region managed by DOC.

New Zealand places to visit

Visitors on Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast. Photo: Melissa Perrott.

From forest parks to scenic reserves, alpine areas to protected coasts, there are hundreds of special conservation places.


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Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
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