Auckland region

View from the deck of Mt Heale hut, Great Barrier Island.

View from the deck of Mt Heale hut, Great Barrier Island

Auckland region.

The Aotea Track loops the central mountainous area of Great Barrier Island (Aotea). The track is a network of easy walking tracks, steep climbs, stairways and bridges, offering a range of spectacular landscapes and rich history. Much of the track follows the central ridge of the island so panoramic views are plentiful.

The new Mt Heale Hut adds to the existing Great Barrier Island track network, creating a multi-day tramping experience. You can one night at the Mt Heale Hut, or carry on to make a 3 day experience staying at the Kaiaraara Hut or campsites along the way.

Aotea Track brochure (PDF, 2,088K)

Alert/Important notice

 Construction on Forest Road

Updated 31 March 2014:

Construction is taking place between 31 March to 25 April 2014 on the Coffins Creek, Kiwiriki Stream and Wairahi Stream crossings on Forest Road.

Forest Road will remain open but vehicle traffic will increase during this time. Follow all signs and instructions from contractors.

Great Walk/Easier tramping track Great Walk/Easier tramping track


2-3 days


25 km

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