DOC Biosecurity Briefing - A Department of Conservation (DOC) Ranger will meet all visitors on arrival for an important biosecurity briefing.
Guided Walk - Guides will organise guests into small groups based on walking track preference. There are three track options - all with ample opportunities to spot tūī, tīeke/saddleback, korimako/bellbird, popōkatea/whitehead, hihi/stitchbird, toutouwai/north island robin and if you are lucky, kōkako in their natural environment. If anyone has any concerns or questions please speak to the guiding coordinator once on the island
Wattle Track - 1km, approximately 1.5 hours. This track meanders through planted and remnant bush along gravel and a boardwalk. The climb to the lighthouse is gentle with just a few steps. There is a sugar feeder near the start of the Wattle Track plus water troughs and seats on your way up. Wētāpunga/giant weta are now thriving in this area, so keep an eye out for our largest insect.
Kawarau Track - 3km, approximately 2.5 hours. This track is well-formed on gravel and boardwalks. It is undulating in parts and there are quite a few steps. The track starts with a pathway following the rocky coastline to Hobbs Beach. Look out for the Kororā/little penguin boxes at the side of the track. After Hobbs Beach, the track climbs a short distance to join a boardwalk that goes through some of the oldest bush on the island. Hihi and Korimako can usually be sighted at the sugar feeders. As the track comes to an end it climbs a steep hill to give stunning 360 degree views around the Hauraki Gulf.
Te Moana Rua - 3km, approximately 2 hours. This track showcases the island's position in the Hauraki Gulf, taking in both coastlines. After an initial climb, the track takes you up through planted and remnant bush and back along the east coast where flax is the dominant planting. Most of the track is on high ground with several good viewpoints over the rocky shoreline and out to sea. With sharp eyes, you might sight mātātā/fernbird. As the track comes to an end there are stunning views of Aotea/Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel. This track is weather dependent.
Visitor Centre and Views - Finish the tour at the visitor centre where you can browse through informative exhibits and visit the gift shop while sipping complimentary tea and coffee. Afterwards, take a stroll to the famous Tiritiri Matangi Lighthouse - it's a great spot to have lunch! You'll still have plenty of time to explore the rest of the island on your own afterwards.
A reasonable level of fitness is required. Walking tracks are either hard surface, grass, or boardwalks, with many wooden steps.
If you have a child in a pushchair, please be prepared for some lifting. Mountain buggies are more suitable than regular pushchairs for the majority of tracks. Alternatively, we recommend travelling with a baby/toddler backpack.
If you'd prefer not to carry your day pack with you during the guided walk, you'll have the option to collect it from the Visitor Centre later.
Duration: At least 1.5 hours (tour only – excluding ferry travel).
Availability: Tour operates on scheduled sailing days. For ferry timetables click here.
Departure time: Guided walks meet every ferry sailing (departs Auckland 9:00am and Gulf Harbour Marina 9:50am) beginning directly after the ranger’s briefing.
FERRY + TOUR: Adult $92, Child $52.50, Infant $0, Family $250
FERRY ONLY: Adult $82, Child $50, Infant $0, Family $230
TOUR ONLY: Adult $10, Child $2.50
Family consists of 2 adults and 2 children. Child is 5-15 years inclusive. Under 5s travel for free.
Bookings for guided walks are essential, and places are limited. To avoid disappointment, please book your guided walk prior to arriving on the island with Fullers360.