The Kawarau Loop Track includes a network of shorter tracks that all connect, making a great round trip walk from the Wharf.
Wharf – Hobbs Beach – Kawarau Track – Ridge Track – Lighthouse – Wattle Track - Wharf
Kawarau track loop
- From the wharf, follow the Hobbs Beach Track along a rocky coastline.
- Look out for the kororā (little blue penguin) nesting boxes along the trail, and quietly lift the lids to for a peek.
- After enjoying the beach (or even a swim!), continue to the Kawarau Track, which climbs from Hobbs Beach to join a boardwalk through some of the oldest bush on the island.
- You’ll see massive pohutukawa trees, as well as birdlife – most notably the tiny riflemen.
- At the end of the Kawarau Track, you’ll reach Ridge Road, which has a grass track running parallel alongside. Walk towards the lighthouse at the southern end for beautiful views across the Hauraki Gulf to the Coromandel Peninsula.
- The grassy area is a perfect picnic spot if you’re ready for lunch.
- From the lighthouse area, connect with the Wattle Track. This track is one of the best places on the island to see birdlife in action – see tui, saddlebacks, bellbirds, and even whiteheads, stitchbirds and kōkako.
- Stroll through regenerating bush, along a gravelled board-walked track, with some sets of steps.
- The track will connect to the Wharf Track, taking you back to the ferry.
Walking times are based on an average to slow pace, and will vary with different levels of fitness, plus time for lunch and relaxation on the beach. Ensure you have plenty of time to complete your walk and return to the wharf to catch your ferry.
You can purchase a walking map provided by the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi on the ferry for more track info.
Time: 3 hours to complete a loop from the Wharf
Know before you go
- Bring water and a picnic lunch with you. There are no cafés on the island.
- Wear sturdy walking shoes.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat.
- Bring swimming gear and a towel if you’d like to swim at one of the beaches.
- Bring a jacket and layers, as weather can change quickly.
- A reasonable standard of fitness is required for some tracks.
- Guided tours offered by the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi for a small cost are a great way for visitors to explore the island. You can book your tour when you reserve your ferry ticket.
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