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

no shade
1 day ago

Beautiful scenery - sea and rangitoto.

4 days ago

awesome scenery. lots of ups and downs. good for trail running

no shade
5 days ago

Really lovely walk, wear a hat if the sun is out! Not too long & a few short hills to keep the heart rate going. Also can include a nice beach walk too :)

A wonderful walk with my beautiful wife.

Beautiful views and well laid out track.

this hike was very short maybe 20 mins to the look out, family friendly and beautiful view.
lots of shade
you can continue to hike after the look out, there's also a lovely caffe just outside of the hike.

This is one of the most popular hikes in Hunua Ranges Regional Park, where the main focus is on the forest and the kauri trees. The latter require protection from fungal infection, so there are footwear cleaning stations before and after you enter the trail (https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/parks-recreation/Pages/park-details.aspx?Location=213). I thought this would be a good place to escape the crowds, as this is billed as an underappreciated attraction in the Auckland area. There were plenty of folks there on this Sunday, including Auckland Council representatives to monitor the shoe cleaning, but it's a mellow scene. This hike is about being in the forest, and although you climbing quite a bit, often on steps, it is not really about the views. It was off and on raining today, which I think is part of the deal here. I went around the loop in the clockwise direction, but got the sense that everyone else was going counterclockwise. You will get to the high-point of the trail in 2 miles if you go that way.

Would definitely recommend this walk. The 9.15 ferry was quite full and we though we were going to be walking with many people on the track. We decided to take the track to Islington bay first. The lava masses is a real sight. Honestly we must of seen only half a dozen people on our way and a couple behind us. My husband wore his tramping boots and I wore my sneakers. Because of the loose lava I would recommend an ankle boot as a few times I rolled on my ankle. We also did the walk to Boulder (Shipwreck) bay which was a little more tricky on foot but worth the visit. We stopped and had lunch there. From there we headed back on to the main track and the walk to the summit. We were grateful for a warm but cloudy day. We loved every bit and would be recommending this to anyone that wants to this iconic island in the flesh.

My favorite. Quite balanced track.

short walk full of stepcases. great scenic view.

Excellent walk. Very enjoyable under the trees and love the trees and nature. Info says 3 hours but with a good pace you can do it in 2

great hike!
we done it with my 3 month old and 2 year old.
very nice views and good parking.

Enjoyed it! Short and intense. Loved the view from the top. Also good for a quick cardio session.

nice hike

very enjoyable with lots of different scenery.

no shade
1 month ago

not a bad hike, good for the family, nice walk and scenery.

good track. nice and cool under the trees. great lookout spot just before the resovior and lots of space to stop and have lunch at the resovior.
only thing I don't like is the steps leading down to the creek need a bit of maintenance as they are a tripping hazard and I wish they would build a bridge at the creek because the rocks are slippery.

Nice trail, there is footpath work ongoing until mid 2019 the signs mentioned.
So not all of the track is accessible, but a great walk, peaceful and makes you feel like you're not in the city.

Actually NOT closed at all.
The coastal track (the East side) is much more interesting and nicer (narrow paths, walking on lava). If you're short on time this the side you should focus on.
The West side as good point of views but it's a gravel road.

Great trail, but is definitely NOT closed.

Great views! A bit crowded, well marked and possible to hike also for beginners.

This is a beautiful trail - perfect mix of being by the water and in the forest.

Trail connect to the beach. It was beautiful, huge black sand beach.

Path way is closed

nature trips
no shade
2 months ago

awesome place to go! definently look forward to doing it again next year.
best to wear sandles.
once you reach the lake it is quite steep, and the lake gets deep fast.
i would say it's not very suitable for young children.

no shade
2 months ago

2 months ago

Lovely trail for those wanting to take a breather from the hustle & bustle of city. 1 hour easy walk with a tot on a backpack. You’ll be blessed with a serene views of Orakei basin, and lots of greenery surrounding the lake.

Good trail....but at the top of both trails it should be more clear as to the length of time to finish the route. It's a long trail
for anyone 10 and under.

excellent trails and good views. suitable for all ages.

Beautiful walk but beginners beware - the path is almost entirely stairs! Lovely lookout at the top makes all the climbing worth it.

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