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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 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

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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4. Know your limits
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Phone:      +64 9 379 6476
Address:   137 Quay Street
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