Explore the most popular birding trails in Auckland Region with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

this is NOT in the Auckland region (North Island) , but is in the CANTERBURY region (South Island)...a big difference :)

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.

15 days ago

Amazing view during sunset

walking
28 days ago

Love this track. Did it on Christmas day for something different to do! Was a bit longer than expected, but an amazing walk and nice waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

A bit longer than expected but well worth it! Walked from Cooper Carpark to Ryde Falls and back, that added an hour and a half to the loop each way. Don’t do the trail when it rained as it gets very muddy. Great Forrest walk with a beautiful waterfall, or 2 at the end ;)

1 month ago

Beautiful views!

The full track is currently closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback (7 July 2018).
Can be muddy when wet.

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

its easy and comfy walk.down to trainline walk that is my favorite

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!

If you shoot down to church bay from matiatia then cone back and loop the headland then back to matiatia its a pretty decent 12k with million dollar views. May not seem like a lot of elevation but very little flat. Lovely

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.

Excellent trail!

My favourite coastal track in Auckland.

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

7 months ago

Great views. Nice and easy track. It should be rated as easy.

Amazing 360 views. So beautiful.

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.

Nice short trail, especially Vincent's track was nice.

Beautiful vistas. Nice ups and downs. Some erosion on trail. Windy. Well worth it.

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

Loved it. Breath taking views

hiking
9 months ago

This track is pretty easy, mostly flat so not that physically challenging. The only challenge is the walk through the sand dunes due to the steepness as well as the strong winds. And another challenge is the muddy track. It gets too muddy if you take the walk from the sand dunes on the left side then loop around the lake as you approach the waterfalls. Pretty cute waterfall and an easy walk back however be aware that you will have to cross the stream (very shallow) so your shoes will end up muddy and soaking wet. Otherwise a fun place to hike. Parking can be competitive so be there early. Also if you want bring a boogie board so you can do some sand boarding!

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