As many of the familiar and well liked hiking tracks in the Auckland region are now closed or under heavy restriction due to Kauri Die Back Disease, the alternative tracks don’t appear to be widely know or advertised.
Below is a list of the tracks we know, which are tend to be between a couple of hours and halve a day in length.(*1)
- Please stay on the marked tracks to help with Kauri Die back and keeping the tracks small.
- All the car parks described are free public car parks, some may bet busy and fully after hours and particularly weekends
- The Google map coordinates supplied show the car park locations, you can either copy and paste these coordinates, or click on them to be taken to the relevant location on Google maps.
Mt Auckland Glorit
- Track: Entry and exit via rough and swampy private farm land, with a nice patch of bush on the hill in the centre, with a 360 degree look out at the top.
- Suitable Footwear: Highly recommend Hiking boots.
- Distance: Either 6.5km one way,(2 cars) or slightly less summit return.
- Farm closures: Entry can be closed 1 August to 30 September yearly.
- Car Park: Two: 1.)Kaipara Hills Road (Degrees: Google maps: -36.469595, 174.469714) 2. Kaipara Coast Highway (Degrees: Google maps: -36.452259, 174.434711)
Mt Tamahunga Omaha
- Track: A “workout walk,” popular with the locals from Omaha Valley road to the summit and return, or you can carry on one way past the summit to the end of Rodney road if you have to cars.
- Suitable Footwear: Sports shoes or Walking shoes, recommend hiking boots if you go beyond the summit.
- Distance: Approx 6.0 km return from Omaha Valley road return, approx 5.5km one way from Omaha Valley road to Rodney Road
- Car Park: Omaha Valley Road (Degrees: Google Maps -36.313936, 174.725999) Rodney Road (Degrees: Google Maps -36.282812, 174.730126)
Mangawhai Cliff Walkway Mangawhai
- Track: From the Surf club car park, a well formed track follows the cliff tops, with the option to return via the beach at low tide. Fantastic views.
- Suitable Footwear: Sports shoes or Walking shoes
- Distance: 8.8km Return.
- Car Park: Mangawhai Beach Car park.(Degrees:Google Maps -36.081077, 174.597243)
Beverley Price Loop Track. Pohuehue
- Track: A loop track through native bush, forest road and pine trees.
- Suitable footwear: Recommend at least walking shoes, the track can be muddy and slippery in places.
- Distance: 6.6km Return to the car park
- Car park: Near the bottom of the Pohuehue viaduct on the left heading to Walkworth(Degrees: Google Maps: -36.452990, 174.652347)
McElroy Scenic Reserve(walk no. 40) Mahurangi West.
- Track: Bit over grown and some cutty grass so highly recommend long pants through native and regenerating native bush. Several tracks totally around 45-60 minutes.
- Suitable Footwear: Recommend hiking shoes or boots.
- Car Park: On Cowan Bay Road.(Degrees:Goggle Maps -36.453058, 174.690809)
Exhibition Drive, Titirangi.
- Track: A very popular exercise track and old disused road in the Waitakere ranges. The surface is tar sealed with some gravel, gradient flat and flanked by native bush.
- Suitable footwear: Sport shoes are fine
- Distance: 6.70km (return) between the two car parks. When I was last there a further 4km (return) of gravel walking track had been added to the end to link to the Arataki Visitors centre on Scenic Drive.
- Car Park: The main car park is small and very popular at the intersection of Woodland Park Road and Scenic Drive(Degrees: Google Maps: -36.937225, 174.644219) The second smaller car park is at the top of Exhibition Drive from Huia Road (Degrees: Google Maps: -36.950582, 174.621197)
Lake Wainamu Bethells Beach.
- Track: A small parcel or reserve centred around a fresh water lake and massive inland sand dunes. You can walk up the shallow creek or follow the track on land. The track circles the lake, great scenery and swimming from a Jetty. Beware in summer its extremely popular.
- Suitable footwear: Sport shoes are fine, but recommend hiking boots if your going around the lake it can be bogey.
- Distance: 8.1 km’s / 1-2hours walking
- Car park: Bethells Road, 50m Past the intersection with Tasman View Road (Degrees: Google Maps: -36.883529, 174.452016)
Whatipu Caves and Beach Whatipu
- Track: A short walk that takes you to caves one of which, was once used as a Ballroom before it filled with sand.
- Suitable footwear: Sports shoes or walking shoes
- Distance: Approx 2.0 km, but its worth heading down to the beach afterwards, the white caps seen off the shore line is the notorious Manukau harbour bar. Whatipu beach is one raw nature, but don’t swim here the rips / tidal currents are stronger then you can beat.
- Car park: At the end of Whatipu Road, Huia(narrow winding gravel road) (Degrees: Google Maps: -37.039433, 174.507323)
- Huia Dam Road Parau
- Track: With the linked tracks now closed for Kauri die back, you can still walk to the dam via the Watercare dam road that is open to the public during daylight hours. Gravel road with tunnels at the dam end.
- Suitable footwear: Sports shoes or hiking shoes.
- Distance: Approx 12km Return to the base of the Upper Huia Dam
- Carpark: Locked gate on Huia Dam Road. (Degrees: Google Maps: -36.995387, 174.566893)
Goldies Bush, West Auckland
- Track: Recently re opened after Kauri Die back track work, this piece of native bush contains mainly Kauri trees. There are two tracks in the reserve. 1) a very popular track with the locals as an exercise route return from Constable road to the Mokoroa falls look out and return, and 2) A harder route – more suited to trampers that follows the Mokoroa Stream and can be completed as a loop including the other track. The stream floods quickly after rain.
- Suitable footwear: Sports shoes are find for route 1., Hiking boots for route 2 – which contains many stream crossings, and rough terrain. he stream floods quickly after rain.
- Distance: Track 1 =Approx 6km return , Track 2: Approx 6km 2-3 hours
- Carpark: Entrance to Constable Road, Muriwai (Degrees: Google Maps:-36.842107, 174.448042)
(*1) Estimating just how long a hike will take unknown individuals is i find just about as difficult as telling a stranger how hard a track will be for them. Please take times as a guide for beginners.