Explore the most popular walking 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.

22 days ago

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!

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.

2 months ago

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

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.

Nice walk! Sight at the dam is pretty..

Amazing 360 views. So beautiful.

2 months ago

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.

great walk and view

3 months ago

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

on Mercer Bay Loop Track

4 months ago


4 months ago

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

4 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.

4 months ago

Fairly easy track but has some seemingly never-ending hills.
Some parts of the pathway are scenic but many parts are simply a department of conservation access road
Didn't see a single other person during my walk

4 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

Fairly easy trek with gentle hills and steps up the steeper gradients. A few spots of mud and minor washout.
Very nice views throughout of the coast, rock faces, and through forests.
Medium traffic; saw 5-10 other along the track

amazing views with every turn, no difficulties in passing through

Great! Bring food to rest for a while in one of the many spots enjoying stunning views and private beaches

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.

9 months ago


good view, worth it.

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