Located on Aotea Great Barrier Island, this hike is a must-do for bird watchers and nature lovers. Looping the central mountainous area of this unique off-grid island, the 25 km trail is a two to three day hike for reasonably fit hikers and is a mix of gentle paths and boardwalks, steep climbs, bridges and stairways. For more info on hike times, click here
Following old kauri logging routes, the trail passes over volcanic terrain, giving superb views of the Pacific Ocean and Hauraki Gulf. Many endangered plants and animals can be found, including the endangered black petrol which has its breeding grounds here. The island, which feels both remote and unique is easily accessible from Auckland City. Given a Dark Sky Sanctuary status, you will be sure to witness spectacular night skies during your stay on the island as well as breathtaking daytime views. At the end of the trail take a dip in the Kaitoke Hot Springs, a perfect remedy for tired legs! There are two huts and several campsites on the island, you will need to reserve in advance. Please visit here
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Dogs are only allowed on this island with a DOC permit. The trail is graded as medium. For information on how we grade trails, please click here