Boardwalk Kaitoke Hot Springs Track
Image: Andris Apse ©

Introduction

Kaitoke Hot Springs Track is a popular easy walk following the edge of the Kaitoke Swamp to sulphurous hot springs. Continue on the Peach Tree Track to Mt Hobson (Hirakimata).

Track overview

7.9 km

Walking and tramping

45 min | 4 hr one way Easiest: Easy access short walk
Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only.

  • Kauri dieback
    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.
  • Pest free
    Protect our wildlife
    • Check - your gear for pests, eg. rodents, insects, skinks
    • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
    • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

    See island biosecurity requirements.

About this track

Description

Woman and child in Kaitoke hot springs. Photo copyright: Fiona Oliphant.
Enjoying a soak in the hot springs

Kaitoke Hot Springs Track

Time: 45 min one way

Starting from Whangaparapara Road, the journey to the top begins flat and easy - very friendly for push-chairs. The path follows an ancient shoreline traversing the Kaitoke wetlands and regenerating kānuka forest. You may hear the call of a fernbird or spotless crake. Orchids and sun dews flower close to the track. Forty-five minutes later, the track reaches the hot pools, dammed at a fork in Kaitoke Creek and surrounded by the delicate umbrella fern

Peach Tree Track to Mt Hobson (Hirakimata)

From the hot pools, after a brief, steep climb and descent, the track joins Tramline Track with reminders of loggers’ toil and journeys of 80 years ago. Soon after, Peach Tree Track appears on the left and the climb to the summit begins through regenerating forest.

Thirty minutes from the summit, the track passes Mt Heale and Mt Heale Hut. Wake up to wide views from the northwest through to the south.

View from Mt Heale Hut.

Mt Heale Hut

Category: Serviced
Facilities: 20 bunk beds, cooking, mattresses
Bookings required

Getting there

Start Kaitoke Hot Springs Track from Whangaparapara Road.

Nature and conservation

Nearing the summit, the track leads into mature forest where logging was too difficult and fires on the lower slopes did not reach. Remnants of an ancient and precious conifer forest, rimu, Kirk’s pine, pink pine and kauri, can be seen here.

Keep an eye out for black petrel. Once widespread on the North Island, breeding colonies of these large, burrow-nesting seabirds are now confined to Great Barrier Island Aotea and Hauturu / Little Barrier Island. The main colony on Great Barrier Island Aotea breeds on the slopes of Mt Hobson (Hirakimata) between October and May each year. Mature birds spend months at sea flying as far as South America and only return to the island to breed. Watch out for them on the road at night.

Know before you go

Take care as the stream water may be hot. Do not put your head under the water in the pools.

Contacts

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 3796476
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Shed 19
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Full office details
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