• A selection of fabulous walks on amazing Great Barrier Island
  • Walk through the most beautiful areas of the island
  • Visit the beautiful beaches on Great Barrier Island
  • Welcome to the Great Barrier Island Walking Festival 2013

All The Walks

Hot Springs

An Early Bath…

An Early Bath - One for the beginner, this is a well-made, easy grade track that follows an ancient shoreline alongside the Kaitoke Wetlands. Look out for fernbirds, spotless crake, orchids or sun dews. 45 minutes into the walk you stumble across a creek which has been dammed to form a few small hot … Read More >>

Te Ahumata Andris Apse

There’s Gold in Them-There Hills…

There's Gold in Them-There Hills - The Te Ahumata track weaves its way through the gold and silver mining heart of the island. The locals call this area 'the whitecliffs' and you'll soon see why. Stunning views from this open track give you a sense of scale of the island. Our local historians will … Read More >>

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Over the Top…

Over the Top - The big one - knock it off! Not for the faint-hearted, this is an all day trek with a good six hours of walking. Expect steep sections, exposure to the weather and hundreds of steps. Hardy souls will be rewarded with a stunning wind-carved canyon, the island's highest peak - … Read More >>

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Pest-Free Paradise…

Pest-Free Paradise - Kotuku Peninsula Sanctuary to Port Fizroy with a subject expert.This 2 km walk takes you along a well formed track through native regenerating and old growth forest, incorporating a swing bridge into the canopy of a 400 year old kauri tree. Learn about the restoration of Kotuku … Read More >>

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Wild and Windy Whangapoua Beach…

Wild and Windy Whangapoua Beach - Just a walk on the beach, but what a beach! Last time I was here my wife kissed a puffer fish! (says guide, Gary Wilton). Walk the two kilometres of wild and windswept sandy beach with spectacular views of Hirakimata and Rakitu Island. Look for banded rail, New … Read More >>

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Coastal Challenge…

Coastal Challenge- Harataonga Track ending at Harataonga (filling up fast, only a few places left on this walk).Featuring 12 kilometres of easy-grade coastal track. This is a long one at five hours, but it's easier than it sounds. The route hugs the contour just above the coast, making it the … Read More >>

Kauri Falls R Gibson

A Whale of a Time…

A Whale of a Time - Join us for a gentle stroll around the sheltered bay of Whangaparapara. You’ll find a wharf, a lodge and a view across the water to the last whaling station to operate in the Southern hemisphere. You’ll follow an old tramline route and visit the beautiful Kauri falls. If time … Read More >>

Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure…

Southern Exposure - The Barrier has many faces, and many views. The view south from Cape Barrier extends to the Mercury Islands and Coromandel from where it is only a hop, skip and jump across the channel. Stand at the Whalers' lookout on the point and look for a Right Whale breaking the surface, … Read More >>