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Hillary Trail

Arataki Visitor Centre, Waitakere City, New Zealand
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Hillary over 3 days

I walked the Hillary Trail during three sunny May days, choosing to split the walk into these... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Auckland, NZ
Have only done a little bit- that was awesome

Beautiful scenery, refreshing, not too difficult. It can be a wonderful trip with very tough bits... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Waitakere City, New Zealand
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Arataki Visitor Centre, Waitakere City, New Zealand
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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

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

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Reviewed 19 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

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 9 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
Reviewed 19 August 2016

September 2015. Walked part from Muriwai to Bethel's beach lots of steps ,magnificent views ,tough track with large variety wildlife. Cannot recommend enough ,but not for some one who only wants a small walk from a car park. In places extremely rugged terrain and take...More

Thank wandering1farmer
Reviewed 10 November 2015

We did the 1 hour walk to Whites Beach, this can be done as a side trip on the Hillary Trail or accessed via Anawhata Road. The beach itself is similar to many on the west coast of the country however the fact that it...More

Thank jesc83
Reviewed 1 June 2015 via mobile

My wife and I walked days 1, 2 and 3 of the recommended Hillary Trail. Stunning views that always surprised. Plenty of challenging spots but well worth the effort. Our first day we continual heavy rain which made things more tricky but prepare well and...More

1  Thank Mike L
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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.