Track, hut, and campsite closures on Great Barrier Island

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Alert updated 24 September 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 - Awana Beach, Harataonga, Medland Beach and Whangapoua
  • This section of the 'Aotea Track' - Kaitoke Hot Springs Track to Tramline Track North to Peach Tree Track to Mt Heale Hut
  • Mt Heale Hut
  • Whangaparapara to Forest Road via the Tramline Track, including Kauri Falls (note that the Forest Road is closed)
  • 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. Note: slippery and steep sections.
  • Whangaparapara Peak Track
  • Te Ahumata Track
  • Burrill's Track
  • Wairarapa Graves Walkway

DOC facilities that are closed:

  • Kaiaraara Hut - currently closed, although bookings are being taken from 1 December 2014
  • Kaiaraara Track, Forest Road and sections of the Tramline Track not covered above
  • Pack Track and Withey's Track
  • The Green and Akapoua campgrounds
  • Port Fitzroy tramping tracks - Kiwiriki, Line W and Coopers Castle Tracks
  • Port Fitzroy walking tracks - Old Lady, Warren's and Bridle Tracks

Discover the tracks and walks of the Auckland region including Okura Bush Walkway and Goldie Bush Walkway in the Central and South Auckland area. View the Auckland day walks brochure (PDF, 1,550K).

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Northland region

Sand patterns, Te Paki, Northland. Photo: C Rudge.

Learn about Northland's tracks and walks including Cape Brett Track in the Bay of Islands and the Waipu Caves Walk in the Whangarei area.

North Auckland

View from Atuanui.

Explore the North Auckland area by taking a walk on the Moirs Hill Walkway, Dome Valley Tracks or hiking to the summit of Mount Auckland (Atuanui).

Hauraki Gulf Islands

Great Barrier Island. Photo: Annie Wheeler.

The Hauraki Gulf islands feature a number of walks and tramps for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Central and South Auckland

North Head, Auckland.

Central & South Auckland walks include the Mataitai Forest walks, Vining Walkway, Te Henga Walkway and more.

Coromandel region

Wharekirauponga track.

Find out about Cathedral Cove Walk, Coromandel Walkway, Kauaeranga Kauri Trail and other tracks and walks in the Coromandel region.

Waikato region

Rainbow over Raglan farmland, Aotea Reserve. Photo: C Rudge.

Find out about tracks and walks in the Waikato region, including Pureora walking tracks, Pirongia walking tracks and the Waireinga/Bridal Veil Falls walk.

Kermadec Islands

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

There are no public tracks and walks on the Kermadec Islands, which can only be visited with a landing permit from DOC.

New Zealand tracks and walks

Trampers on the Mangatepopo boardwalk, Tongariro Crossing. Photo: Jimmy Johnson.

There are extensive walking and mountain biking opportunities on conservation land throughout New Zealand.


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