This is one of my favourite loops in the Waitakere Ranges.
Time: The times on the signs would suggest 7hrs. If you are a faster walker you can do this in 3 – 5 hours of actual walking. Definitely allow more time for stops and time exploring the caves at Whatipu
Start & Finish: Mt Donald Mclean Road, Huia – Auckland
ViewRanger App Route: http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/NzczNzQ=
Auckland city and head for Mt Donald Mclean Road – 50 minute drive.
Puriri Ridge Track – 2km. This is a nice gentle start to an early morning, its mostly along the ridge and downhill. Once at the road cross over and head along Omanawanui Track.
Omanawanui Track – 3km. Walking along the cliffs to see some amazing views of Manukau harbour and Whatipu. This was probably one of the most beautiful tracks I’ve been on in the Waitakere’s because of the views. Stunning! Some of it is steep.
Whatipu – Camping Ground. This has all of the facilities needed and the scenery is magic. Handy to all of the walks.
Gibbons Track – 3.3km. Gradual incline. Great views are out to the Tasman Sea. Track is nice and easy.
Walker Ridge Track – 2.8km. This track isn’t part of the Hillary trail so its not as worn but still maintained. Winter gets muddy in some places.
Donald McLean Track – 2.2km. Easy! This was a nice way to finish and to get out of Walker Ridge. The tracks are wider and we knew we were close to the car.
Stay safe 🙂