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Hillary Trail

Arataki Visitor Centre, Waitakere City, Auckland, New Zealand
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Wet feet wonderfull walk

Walked the Te Henga trail in 2015 excellent 2017 We walked the Goldies bush walk from Constable... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Hillary Trail - Arataki -> Muriwai

Adding logistics. Auckland CBD -> Arataki Visitors Centre - Train to Glen Eden then Uber to... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
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“great walk” (2 reviews)
“west coast” (2 reviews)
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Arataki Visitor Centre, Waitakere City, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked the Te Henga trail in 2015 excellent 2017 We walked the Goldies bush walk from Constable Road, 304 steps down to the river, then a meandering walk alongside and through the Mokoroa river very tough in places with at least 20 river crossing getting...More

Thank wandering1farmer
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Adding logistics. Auckland CBD -> Arataki Visitors Centre - Train to Glen Eden then Uber to Arataki ($17) - (parking available at the Arataki Visitors center with gate and video surveillance at night for those who want to drive up) Day 1 - Arataki ->...More

Thank Mark067
Reviewed 30 August 2017

I hiked the section from Piha to Whatipu, which is easily achievable in a day. The cliffs from Piha to Karekare are spectacular, and the views over the sand plains near Whatipu are aamazing. Fully recommend.

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 30 May 2017

I walked the Hillary Trail during three sunny May days, choosing to split the walk into these sections to make use of accommodation at stopping points and avoid carrying a tent and sleeping bag. Logistics were Legs 1 and 2. Arataki to Whatipu. ~22km (dropped...More

1  Thank kayaker_auckland
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Beautiful scenery, refreshing, not too difficult. It can be a wonderful trip with very tough bits, but also you can do day walks, as I did. The birds, the plants are all wonderful

Thank BMoniqueB
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We completed the whole trail starting from Arataki and ending in Swanson. We were lucky enough to have sunny weather all the way. Overall, I'd say it's not worth to do the whole trail. The middle part between Whatipu and Piha features spectacular shore vistas,...More

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

We had the best walk here - there's a lot of uphill but it was super lovely and enjoyable! You can go for four hours or for just one or two and turn back when you want! Highly recommended!

Thank Jessie N
Reviewed 23 January 2017

This is a great walk. It is tough and hilly but the views and variety make up for every step. From lush inland nikau plams and tui to the wild windswept west coast sand dunes. Up and over , down and around through streams and...More

1  Thank RoSteve
Reviewed 12 January 2017

It's a bit steep, but it's worth the effort. The scenery is second to none. The luscious vegetation and the fresh mountain air, the distant view of the sea — it's all there.

Thank David C
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Great views. The track was in pretty good shape despite recent rains in the area. Pools are spotlessly clear and fresh

Thank Erin B
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9 November 2017|
Response from kayaker_auckland | Reviewed this property |
You can get public transport (bus) to Titirangi, then you could hitch hike, or walk from Titirangi to the visitors centre. Hitching is pretty easy in that area.
20 April 2017|
Response from RoSteve | Reviewed this property |
if you are looking for easy walking probably best to drive to kare kare and walk south along the beach and up towards the pararaha valley.