The Atuanui/Mount Auckland Scenic Reserve was transferred to Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara in 2013 as part of the iwi’s Treaty of Waitangi Settlement.
3.5 km to the summit one way return via same track
The Kaipara Coast Highway access to the forest edge is closed 1 August to 30 September for lambing
Walk to the summit of Mount Auckland (Atuanui) through regenerating native forest, with spectacular views over the nearby Kaipara Harbour and Hoteo River estuary.
The walkway follows an airstrip and logging track along the ridge to the Atuanui forest, which has fine stands of regenerating rimu and kauri. It continues up a narrow ridge with side tracks to view mature kauri.
A lookout at the summit (305 metres) provides panoramic views. From here you can retrace your steps or take the track westward to the Kaipara Coast Highway exit, which is a steeper descent. This end of the track exits through farm land to SH 16.
The track entrance is sign-posted 3 km down Glorit-Kaipara Hills Rd, off Kaipara Coast Highway (SH 16), 70 km north-west of Auckland. An alternative but steeper ascent is via the track sign-posted on SH 16, 2 km north of the Glorit-Kaipara Rd turnoff.
Please keep to the track as it crosses land sacred to local iwi.
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