WALKS & PLACES TO GO
Access to Hirakimata (Mount Hobson), the highest point on the island and the greater Auckland region is a short 15 minute drive away by car. The five hour walk is well worth the effort with commanding views from Auckland to the Mokohinau islands. The walk will take you past the historic kauri dam sites, where the well preserved remains of logging dams can be seen.
Windy Canyon is also worth a visit where the short yet steep climb through massive pillars of rock affords great views of the island and beyond.
All the tracks are well maintained by D.O.C. and will easily be managed by those of all ages with medium fitness. For comprehensive information on walking tracks visit the Department of Conservation website.
The coast is worth exploring at low tide, but make sure you wear sturdy shoes – you’re a long way from the city streets!
Glenfern Sanctuary Guided WalkWalk up to Sunset Rock for a view of the Glenfern and Kotuku Peninsula Sanctuaries. Enjoy the regenerating forest where some of the native plants have descriptive plaques and cross the suspension bridge into the crown of a 600 year old kauri tree.
Find out more about the Glenfern Sanctuary