Te Whara Track Thomas Jundt CC 2 0  ScaleMaxWidthWzEyODBd 1 v2


Take a walk down memory lane back to WWII. ANZAC Day is a chance to commemorate our soldiers in Gallipoli and reflect on our history. We’ve collated a list of must do views for your weekend hīkoi.

Walk through regenerating native bush and see if you can spot any rare birds on the Wrights Hill Loop Walk. A 2.4km nestled in the Wellington region. Wrights Hill is a WWII military fortress where you can enjoy the same sweeping views of the harbour our defence force would have had all those years ago.  

There are two loop walks to choose from, the Lookout walk or a shorter Salvation Bush Walk. Dog, bike and wheelchair/pram access is available. 


Maungauika/North Head Historic Walk is one of the fourteen Tūpuna Maunga (ancestral mountains) in Tāmaki Makaurau. A series of loop tracks lead to tunnels, guns, searchlights and defences that our soldiers placed on the headland to protect Auckland from feared Russian invasions.

The Coastal Loop, Summit Loop or Tunnels Loop are 2.5km one way. Dogs are welcome on a leash and the walk is wheelchair/pram friendly.


The Motutapu Wetland Track is hidden away on Motutapu Island, just next to Rangitoto Island. The 5.4km track (one way) crosses farmland to Billy Goat Point – which provides a great outlook to the north. You can find WWII telegraph and observation post sites. Take a short detour to discover gun emplacements.  

Access to this walk is via ferry, kayak or charter boat. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle. No dogs are permitted.


The 10.3km Kilmister Loop track has panoramic views of Kelson and Lower Hutt Valley – then follows the stream up to Belmont Road. Be sure to keep a lookout for WWII munitions and magazines on the way back to Hill Road. Make sure to wear good footwear (lace-up shoes or hiking boots) as you’ll need to cross several streams.

The Kilmister Loop is in the Wellington region and is also mountain bike friendly.


Trace the footsteps of Northland’s Māori ancestors on the original Te Whara Track. This 7.5km track is at least 700 years old. The track is challenging but the stunning 360 degree views make this one of DOC’s best day hikes. Take in the magnificent coastal panorama at the Bream Head summit, towards Ocean Beach end and not far from the ruins of a WWII radar station. Enjoy spectacular views of Cape Brett (Motukokako) in the north to Cape Rodney (Tawharanui) in the south, as well as the Poor Knights islands Tawhiti Rahi and Aorangi, Taranga and Marotere Islands in the Hen and Chickens Islands group, with Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier and Great Barrier/Aotea Island in the far east.

Ensure you’re wearing laced footwear and be careful as some rocky outcrops have steep drop offs. The view is well worth the climb.