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

 Closed until further notice

Alert updated 6 August 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:

  • Awana Beach campsite, Harataonga campsite, Medland Beach campsite, and Whangapoua campsite
  • Kaitoke Hot Springs Track
  • Tramline from Kaitoke Hot Springs Track to the Peach Tree 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

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


2-3 days


25 km

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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

Alerts for Auckland places


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