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)
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:
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.
Most DOC tracks, huts and campsites closed until further notice.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.
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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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