View from the deck of Mt Heale hut, Great Barrier Island
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)
Do not disturb black petrels
Palmers Track and Hirakimata/Mt Hobson sections of the track: Please do not disturb the black petrels who nest at 300 m and above from October – June.
Great Walk/Easier tramping track
Learn about the history of the area, its natural features and the rare animals and plants you can look out for while walking the Aotea Track.
The new Mt Heale Hut adds to the existing Great Barrier Island track network, creating a multi-day tramping experience.
Two huts and six campsites provide places to stay either while walking the Aotea Track, or before or after your walk. Be sure to book in huts and campsites advance.
What you need to know to plan a safe and enjoyable trip, plus details on bookings, fees, how to get there and a track location map.
See a taste of the stunning scenery and other features the Aotea Track offers.
Great Barrier Island is the largest island off New Zealand's North Island and lies 100 kilometres north-east of Auckland. More than 60 per cent of the island is managed by DOC.
Aotea Track map (PDF, 421K)
Map of Great Barrier Island tracks (PDF, 1,143 K)
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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