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.

Track overview

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 dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this track


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.

Getting there

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.

Know before you go

Please keep to the track as it crosses land sacred to local iwi.


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