The track begins at the top of the Okiwi/Port FitzRoy Hill and ascends the southern ridge, under a forest canopy with views of both sides of the island.
At a signposted junction reached after 2 hours, a 5 minute detour leads to a lookout, where a large volcanic-rock bluff gives extensive views of Okiwi Basin and the Whangapoua estuary.
The main track descends to Kaiaraara Track, then it's a short walk to the Lower Kauri Dam.
Start from the top of Port FitzRoy/Okiwi Hill at Aotea Road.
Take care at the lookout - there is an extremely steep drop off.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.