View from Atuanui Walkway
Image: Rebecca Knapman | ©



Take a walk to the summit of Mount Auckland (Atuanui) through regenerating native forest. At the summit you’ll have panoramic views of Kaipara Harbour and Hoteo River Estuary.

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

Walking and tramping

1 hr 45 min to the summit one way Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

The Kaipara Coast Highway access to the forest edge is closed 1 August to 30 September for lambing

Dog access

No dogs

Stop kauri disease and protect kauri

  • Scrub all soil off shoes and gear.
  • Use cleaning stations.
  • Always stay on the track.

How you can help save kauri


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540
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