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Nice walk up the summit, but the bit between McKenzie bay and the ferry was awful. Minimal shade, nowhere to stop and sit, views got tedious, and walking along a flat dirt road.

Great walk from Long Bay to Okura estuary and back. Good path all the way, great views of Whangaparoa and Rangitoto, breezy up on the tops but also some lovely sheltered bays for a break or a swim.

hiking
15 days ago

The view is amazing

Easy walk to go with kids

Nice moderate walk, lots of wildlife such as quails, pukekos, parrots etc. Amazing views! I enjoyed the small nature trail before the coastal track begins

hiking
1 month ago

Great little walk. Short but the views are worth it. Quite steep going up but it’s not so strenuous. Try to go on a clear day and you’ll be able to see for miles. If you manage to get to the very top then it is very peaceful, amazing spot to catch a breath! Defo recommend.

Great hike nice views and great vegetation

This track is currently closed due for upgrading due to Kauri die back.

Nice easy walk, access to quiet beach. Very picturesque

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely place with some stairs.

on Lion Rock

3 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

* black lava/mud/rocks
* see Auckland from top of Rangitoto hill
* coastal walk

Nice walk.

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.

5 months ago

Amazing view during sunset

6 months ago

Beautiful views!

walking
6 months 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!

6 months 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
8 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.

hiking
Saturday, December 30, 2017

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!!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, December 10, 2017

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

Beautiful island. Grab the 0930 boat over and get the full day. The coast trail is well defined but a little rocky. You jump onto the Summit Road which is a drive able road. Just before the summit I went off course and checked out the Lava caves and then grabbed the summit hike to get to the top. Grabbed the tail behind back and around back down the front instead of the road back down. I was a little worried about time as the last boat is at 1530. DONT MISS THE BOAT!! Coming down the road I would uave gotten to see the light house and I think I would have had time. The trail down the front was nice too. Everything is well marked.

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