Track, hut, and campsite closures on Great Barrier Island
Issued 28 November 2014
Facilities that are closed due to extensive storm damage:
- Kaiaraara Track to the kauri dam and on to Hirakimata summit
- Pack Track
- Bridle Track
For your own safety do not use these tracks.
Facilities that are due to open:
- Kaiaraara Hut will open on the 28 November 2014.
- Akapoua Bay campsite will open on the 1 December 2014.
- South Fork Track from Hirakimata summit to Mt Heale Hut will open from the 15 December 2014. Caution is required through a short section of damaged track.
Facilities that have damage / partly open:
- Cooper Castle Track is open from Aotea Rd to Coopers Castle Lookout but closed beyond that point.
- Old Lady Track is open to the lookout only from the Glenfern Rd entry point.
- Storm damage has affected the lower section of the South Fork Track, which passes from Mt Heale Hut to Forest Rd and Kaiaraara Hut. Follow the poled markers on the river bed.
Aotea Track will be operational from the 28 November2014. Mt Heale and Kaiaraara Huts will both be open. The track layout has been changed due to storm damage - access between Mt Heale Hut and Kaiaraara Hut is now on the South Fork Track. A river crossing exists on this track - avoid crossing in high water flow.
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).