Explore the most popular forest 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.

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.

25 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.

27 days 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 ;)

Nice hike close to Auckland - beautiful waterfall area to stop and take a nice long break

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.

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!

suite for summer, not winter, because you have to across the water by barefoot, cold.

step , hard and good view

1 month ago

good place to visit

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

Lovely easy walk with gorgeous views

Be sure to take some good waterproof shoes! Worth the walk though :)
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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!

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!

Beautiful hiking. Make sure u have appropriate gears because u need to go through the water quite a bit. But it is totally worth!

My favourite coastal track in Auckland.

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

Nice walk! Sight at the dam is pretty..

Amazing 360 views. So beautiful.

Loved it. Breath taking views

on Mercer Bay Loop Track

9 months ago


Great track, not any real views but a good distance!

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!

Quite a challenging track for me especially coming back to the car park. There were so many stair cases that I had to take a break since my legs are not that resilient. Otherwise enjoyed this track, I did enjoy the challenge too! I love the hanging bridge just after the car park and the walk to the waterfall is pretty easy. Although be aware to get to the waterfall you will need waterproof shoes if you don't want to get your shoes wet since I end up with soaked soggy socks, despite that the waterfall is so beautiful and also quite muddy as it comes with water areas.

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