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With over 100 walking tracks on Great Barrier Island, there is something to suit every physical ability – ranging from short and easy, to steep and challenging. Come and experience lush native forests, bird song, spectacular ocean views, pristine white sand beaches, waterfalls, natural hot springs and so much more…

From Orama Oasis, a brisk 45 minute walk will take you to our nearest sandy beach, Onewhero. Here, 1000 year old Pohutakawa trees line the shore and the only foot prints in the sand will be yours. Look Out Rock is worth checking out on your way home – it is only five minutes off the main track and offers awesome views of the north end of the island and on a clear day, Whangarei Heads is visible.

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 Walk

Walk 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


Orama Oasis is a dynamic Christian community based on Great Barrier Island with a vibrant history of restoring and equipping people for life’s journey. Every year more than 2500 visitors come to enjoy a holiday adventure, a spiritual retreat or a training school at Orama ... Read more

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