Hauraki Gulf islands

 Track, hut, and campsite closures on Great Barrier Island

Alert updated 21 October 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:

  • Campsites - Whangapoua, Harataonga, Awana, Medlands and The Green. 
  • The following section of the 'Aotea Track': Kaitoke Hot Springs Track to Tramline Track North to Peach Tree Track to Mt Heale Hut.
  • Mt Heale Hut
  • Tramline Track
  • Windy Canyon Track and Palmers Track to the Hirakimata summit – this is a one way route only.
  • Haratonga Coastal Walkway and Loop Track
  • Old Mill Track, Whangaparapara - slippery and steep sections.
  • Whangaparapara Peak Track
  • Te Ahumata Track
  • Burrill's Track
  • Wairarapa Graves Walkway
  • Cooper's Castle Track - open to the Coopers Castle Lookout only.
  • Warren's Track, Port Fitzroy - sections of the original track have been re-routed.
  • Old Lady Track - open from Port Fitzroy to the lookout only.

DOC facilities that are closed:

  • Kaiaraara Hut - currently closed, although bookings are being taken from 1 December 2014.
  • Kaiaraara Track
  • Forest Road
  • Pack Track and Withey's Track, Whangaparapara
  • Akapoua campground at Port Fitzroy
  • Port Fitzroy tramping tracks: Kiwiriki Track and Line W Track
  • Port Fitzroy walking tracks: Bridle Track and Bush's Beach Track

Visitors are welcome on most publicly owned conservation islands of the Hauraki Gulf. These include Beehive, Motutara, Motuora, Saddle, Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto, Motutapu and Motuihe islands. Parts of Great Barrier, Kawau and Waiheke are also public conservation land.

View Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and islands brochure (PDF, 13,180K).


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