A relatively unknown Auckland gem, Te Ara Hura is 100km of connected tracks and trails around the Waiheke Island, only 40 mins by ferry from downtown Auckland. Particularly now the Waitakere Ranges are mostly closed due to Kauri die back disease, Te Ara Hura is one of the best places to walk near the city. It can be done over 4-5 days staying at accommodation or campsites around the island, but it’s more likely to be done as I did, as a series of ~20km day trips from the city. It’s easy to cover pretty much all of the track from the ferry terminals at Matiatia or Orapiu, or by catching a bus to or from Onetangi. The north-eastern section is all road walking so I cycled that instead. Here’s a flavour of what you’ll find…
On a sunny day endless stunning blue waters, usually with a boat or many in view as the track mainly follows the coastline.
Which gives access to some rather nice beaches, with sandy ones on the northern side and generally rocky ones on the southern side of the island.
Well positioned picnic tables, with this one offering views of Rangitoto and the city in the distance.
Sculptures, particularly if you visited during the bi-annual Waiheke Sculpture Trail, otherwise just admire art belonging to some rather nice properties along by the track.
Locals with a sense of humour…
And a few more lovely spots to end with.