Te Ara Hura - around Waiheke, an overview

Circumnavigate an island - on land

The network of walking tracks around Waiheke were linked in 2014 into a continuous 100km route all around the island.

The walk is called Te Ara Hura – the path of revealing.

A 100km round the island walk, or a short stroll – you choose!

This collection of walks is the perfect way to explore Waiheke Island and discover its natural beauty.

On the Te Ara Hura walking track network you can explore the coastline, experience cathedral-like native forest, and visit historical sites.

There's a great range of walks, from short and easy through to more challenging, and all of them are now connected.

You can start at any point, finish wherever you want and go in any direction.

Choices all yours – day walk or longer adventures.

The Te Ara Hura circuit around the island can be done in either direction, with the added option of starting, or stopping, or resting, at a number of places.

An initiative of the Waiheke local Board, Te Ara Hura was launched as part of the 2014 Waiheke Walking festival.

Te Ara Hura can be done as a challenging multi-day adventure – or easily in stages at your own pace. After all, it’s almost against the law to rush on Waiheke Island!

A Te Ara Hura adventure can be built around overnight stays at unique island accommodations (baches, boutique lodges, backpackers, campsites), tastings and great meals at vineyards, and top-up stops at quirky cafes.

Day visitors to Waiheke are guided along sections of Te Ara Hura by means of maps and brochures available at island info centres, and ‘contact point’ signs at beaches. A clear system of trail markers will confirm you’re on the right trail.

Away from it all

Parts of Te Ara Hura are new tracks, cut along the stunning island coastline, or through beautiful native bush. They are new walks, even to the locals!

A highlight is the new track along the shoreline of Te Matuku marine reserve, through a DOC reserve overlooking the sandspit at Pearl Bay and linking Passage Rock vineyard to the wharf at Orapiu

Four zones with their own unique characters

Destined to become one of New Zealand great walks, Te Ara Hura takes you through four distinct island zones:

- Headlands

- Beaches 'n Baches

- Forest Heart

- Far End.

Naturally, there are options for shorter walk within each section. Within the rich smorgasboard of walks on Waiheke, you can build up a feast for your legs, that suits you perfectly!

Learn about these different zones, and view maps in their linked stories on this app.