View from Cooper's Castle Track.

Image: Frederick Church | ©


Walk to a lookout with extensive views.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

2 hr 30 min - 3 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only
  • Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.
  • Protect our wildlife
    • Check - your gear for pests, eg. rodents, insects, skinks
    • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
    • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)

    See island biosecurity requirements.

About this track


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.

Getting there

Start from the top of Port FitzRoy/Okiwi Hill at Aotea Road.

Know before you go

Take care at the lookout - there is an extremely steep drop off.


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 3796476
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Shop2, Shed 19, Princes Wharf
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Postal Address:   PO Box 105 469
Auckland City 1143
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