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