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Love this track! Well maintained, beautiful views and lots of lovely native bush and birds. Due to the number of stairs I would rate it as moderate, not easy.

14 days ago

Amazing view during sunset

Beautiful views from the lookout!

1 month ago

Beautiful views!

walking
1 month ago

Good walk, great views, nice and easy.

Loved every minutes- beautiful views along the way. Highly suggest going early in the morning before it gets too busy. The lava caves are a must see!

1 month ago

good place to visit

This trail is currently (26.05.2018) closed to prevent the spread of kauri die-back disease. Conservationist said it will reopen in summer...

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views from the top lookout, great to explore the lava caves. We had the segment along the coast to ourselves with great birding opportunities - kingfisher!

We enjoyed our hike in and swim at the falls. Short and nice cool break under the falls. We didn’t make it to the top but it looked even more amazing. That said, we were glad we didn’t as it started pouring right as we got to our car. Perfect timing. Easy hike.

Did this great hike on 1/25/18 with a group of dancemates. This hike includes a ferry ride, yay. Lovely to see the top of Rangitoto, views of Auckland, the kidney ferns, lava caves, the black back gull colony, the Baches, and mangroves. Overall a great day trip.

Really fun trek around Black lava flows. Easy to get off by yourself even so close to city.

Fantastic trail/road/path but signage could be better- missing signs, hidden signs and confusing signs but such a fantastic trail.
Definately will do this again.

Absolutely recommend to everybody hiking on this trail. It was very easy trail, only some slight up hill terrain which was a bit tiring. Once you get to the falls you can take a swim in the water. Also recommend you walk up to the top of the falls where the view is spectacular!!

Good trail with nice waterfall. Keep heading up and you'll reach the top of the waterfall which is great.
Good trail for kids

Nice trail and waterfall.

great walk and view

Nice trail with wonderful views of native vegetation and waterfall. Can be overcrowded at times, but overall worth doing. Good trail for kids.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy track through mostly grasslands
A few nice views of the coastline, and an excellent walk along the beach when the tide is low. Unfortunately lots of the canopy has been cleared away for farmlands
Medium traffic; saw a few runners and a couple other hikers along the way

Short Hike down through the bush to the beach, fairly steep at points with a rope to assist the final climb down to the beach. Great views from the top and down at the small beach looking out into the Manukau Heads. Good for a quick hike when time is short.

Visited from the US, really nice walk around the island. I took the 9:45am ferry which is 30$ NZD for round trip. I recommend making a day out of it and catching a morning ride out to the island, the last departure from Motatupu back to Auckland is 4pm I believe and they won't wait for you :)

I started with the summit hike and was going at a fairly good pace. I'm in fairly good shape so I made it in about 35 minutes. Views are ok, you get a nice 360 view of the island and can see the Auckland skyline from the top. If you want to continue exploring, the lava caves are about a 20 minute walk with some back tracking down the summit trail. Look for signs and trail markers, you'll miss them if you aren't paying attention.

From there, you could back track to the main summit trail and walk the roadway down to Yankee Wharf and connect to the Coastal Track (map: https://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap/nz6303/Yankee-Wharf/Auckland). PROTECT your ankles and wear hiking footwear! The Yankee Wharf spot is a nice place to have lunch and view the serene waters. With a few breaks along the way, I made it back to Rangitoto Wharf by 3:30pm. Good way to spend a day outside of Auckland and be back in time for dinner.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hi. Nice write up. The name of the island is Motutapu. In Maori, "Motu" means "island", and "tapu" means "sacred", hence "Motutapu" = "Sacred Island". Cheers, Brent.

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