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Great Barrier Island coastal view.  Photo: Annie Wheeler.

Great Barrier Island coastal view

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 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

Great Barrier Island is free of some pests - help keep it this way

Before you visit, check for stowaways that may be harmful to wildlife on this island. View the biosecurity brochure on the Treasure islands website.

Kauri dieback has been found on Great Barrier Island

Please visit the kauri dieback website to find out how you can help stop its spread.

Great Barrier is the largest island off the North Island coast. More than 60% of the island is public land administered by the Department of Conservation. There are a range of short walking tracks and longer routes, several campsites, a hut, mountain bike routes, and many natural and historic features to explore.

About 850 people live on the island, and there are a number of small settlements with shops and accommodation.

View the Great Barrier Island Aotea brochure (PDF, 2,866K).


Great Barrier Island lies 100 km northeast of downtown Auckland on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf.

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