Great Barrier Island Walks & Hikes

Even though Great Barrier Island is not the easiest place to get to, the walks there are amazing nonetheless

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Here’s all my walks on Great Barrier Island when I went for a two week holiday

After 5 hours (motor) sailing on a friend’s yacht, it was awesome to arrive at Great Barrier Island for the first time. I was spending the whole of Christmas and New Year’s sailing from one bay to the next.

The weather was excellent enough for me to get out and concur some great walks and hikes. Apparently, it can be a bit rainy on Great Barrier Island, so plan to visit in the summer for the best walking.

If you’re not lucky enough to have a friend with a yacht you can of course arrive on Great Barrier by ferry or fly there. 

List of all walks on Great Barrier Island

Start of the Bridle Track at Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island by Sandra from Freewalks.nz New Zealand (1)

Bridle Track

The Bridle Track is a 1km one way, easy walk from Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island. It took me around 13 mins to walk. Pretty bush on a very good track.

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Sandra at Sunset Rock Lookout on the Glenfern Loop Track at Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island by Sandra from Freewalks.nz New Zealand

Glenfern Loop Track Walk

Starting in the Glenfern Sanctuary, this walk is a 2.6km loop walk on Great Barrier Island. It took me 1 hour to complete including stops at the Sunset Rock lookout and the big kauri tree.

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Beach landing at the start of the Motu Kaikoura Track or Man O War Passagewalk on Great Barrier Island by Sandra from Freewalks.nz New Zealand

Motu Kaikoura Track

The Motu Kaikoura Track is a 4km one way, medium walk on Great Barrier Island. It took me around 2 hours to walk there and back. Only accessible by boat.

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Excellent views from the summit of Mt Hobson on Great Barrier Island by Sandra from Freewalks.nz New Zealand

Mt Hobson Summit Walk

Starting in Kaiarara Bay to Mt Hobson Summit is a 15.5km loop walk on Great Barrier Island. It took me 5 hours to complete including stops.

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Sandra enjoying the views on the Oneura Bay (Red Cliff Cove). Castle Peak Summit Loop Track on Great Barrier Island by Sandra from Freewalks.nz New Zealand

Oneura Bay (Red Cliff Cove) Castle Peak Summit Loop Track

Starting in Red Cliff Cove the Castle Peak Summit is a 5km loop walk on Great Barrier Island. It took me 1.15 hours to walk including photo stops.

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