Hauraki Gulf islands

 Track, hut, and campsite closures on Great Barrier Island

Alert updated 24 September 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 - Awana Beach, Harataonga, Medland Beach and Whangapoua
  • This section of the 'Aotea Track' - Kaitoke Hot Springs Track to Tramline Track North to Peach Tree Track 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
  • Old Mill Track, Whangaparapara. Note: slippery and steep sections.
  • Whangaparapara Peak Track
  • Te Ahumata Track
  • Burrill's Track
  • Wairarapa Graves Walkway

DOC facilities that are closed:

  • Kaiaraara Hut - currently closed, although bookings are being taken from 1 December 2014
  • Kaiaraara Track, Forest Road and sections of the Tramline Track not covered above
  • Pack Track and Withey's Track
  • The Green and Akapoua campgrounds
  • Port Fitzroy tramping tracks - Kiwiriki, Line W and Coopers Castle Tracks
  • Port Fitzroy walking tracks - Old Lady, Warren's and Bridle Tracks

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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