Hauraki Gulf islands

 Track, hut, and campsite closures on Great Barrier Island

Alert updated 17 July 2014:

The severe weather in June closed most DOC tracks, campsites and huts (Mt Heale and Kaiaraara) 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, and Medland Beach campsite
  • Hot Springs Track only to the hot springs, not beyond
  • Tramline Track from the Whangaparapara Rd to the Kauri Falls, not beyond
  • Windy Canyon Track and Palmers Track to the Hirakimata summit – this is a one way route only

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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Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
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