Auckland alerts

For your safety, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. However you should contact the local DOC visitor centre for the latest updates.

Many tracks are on pest-free islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Look after these native wildlife sanctuaries by checking for stowaway pests.
View biosecurity information on the Treasure islands website.

Also note that a disease is killing kauri in Auckland and Northlan. Help save kauri by cleaning footwear and any equipment in contact with soil before and after leaving kauri forest areas. Keep to the defined tracks and stay away from kauri tree roots.
Read more about kauri dieback.

The following alerts are currently in place:

Central and South Auckland

Goldie Bush Walkway, Mokoroa Falls Track and Mokoroa Stream Track

A substantial rock fall occurred at Mokoroa Falls on 2 March 2014. There are unstable rocks and a danger of further rock falls. Stay well clear of the area below the Mokoroa Falls.

Okura Bush Walkway

Storms in 2013 caused damage to the southern section of the Okura Bush Walkway. Two large slips have occurred between the sand spit and the staircase. Vegetation has been cleared and the track is passable, but the track width has been reduced to 30 cm. Caution is required on this section of the track.

Mataitai Forest (Ness Valley) walks

To prevent kauri dieback disease from spreading to the oldest and largest kauri forest in the Auckland region DOC has closed the tracks in the Mataitai Conservation Area.

Mt William Walkway

Hunting is no longer permitted in this reserve.

Vining Walkway

Hunting is no longer permitted in this reserve.

Auckland Council has closed tracks linking to the Vining Walkway to protect kauri. Mangatangi Trig Track from the east of the trig to Workman Road is closed. Mangatangi Trig Track to the west of the trig remains open, as does the Pukapuka Track to the north of the trig. For more information see the Auckland Council website.

North Auckland

Lake Ototoa/Rototoa

The toilet at Lake Ototoa/Rototoa has recently been burnt down and is not currently available for use.

Great Barrier Island closures

View the Great Barrier Island updates

Updated: 12 January 2015


For your own safety do not use these tracks.

  • Kaiaraara Track to the kauri dam and on to Hirakimata summit
  • Pack Track
  • Bridle Track

Damaged / partly open:

  • Cooper Castle Track is open from Aotea Rd to Coopers Castle Lookout but closed beyond that point.
  • Old Lady Track is open to the lookout only from the Glenfern Rd entry point.
  • Storm damage has affected the lower section of the South Fork Track, which passes from Mt Heale Hut to Forest Rd and Kaiaraara Hut. Follow the poled markers on the river bed.

Aotea Track:

  • Mt Heale and Kaiaraara Huts are open.
  • Access between Mt Heale Hut and Kaiaraara Hut is now on the South Fork Track. A river crossing exists on this track - avoid crossing in high water flow.

All other DOC tracks are open.

Hauraki Gulf islands

Motuihe Island

Motuihe Wharf was damaged during a storm. The southern (Wharf Bay) side of the wharf has been closed. Take care when disembarking your vessel. Future storm events may close Motuihe Wharf to all public landings at short notice.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
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