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Source: Auckland Council

Improvement work by Auckland Council on walking tracks across the Tāmaki Makaurau region continues to forge ahead.

“We are delighted with how we are progressing”, says Stu Leighton, Auckland Council’s Senior Ranger Regional Parks Kauri Dieback Management.

“Kauri dieback is still a huge problem so upgrading these tracks is about protecting the healthy trees in the ngahere (forest) and preventing the disease from spreading”.

White Track is the latest to reopen after remedial work was completed.

Stu Leighton says it’s always a good feeling to reopen a track after upgrading work has been completed.

“We know how much people love getting out into nature so to facilitate that is great”.

“What’s good to remember is each track opening represents a huge amount of work and commitment by our team and partners to protect these majestic trees”.

Work has also been completed on Donald McLean Track but Stu says it will stay closed to allow access to adjoining tracks.

“We don’t want to open a track and then close it again while we use it to access work on neighbouring tracks”.

He says it is easier to open Donald McLean once all the upgrade work is completed on the adjacent tracks.

He acknowledges that track upgrades are a huge undertaking with work happening across the region.

“We have multiple projects on the go at the same time”.

“It isn’t just about the Waitākere Ranges but about ensuring the track network throughout Tāmaki Makaurau is up to a standard where trampers have the smallest impact on the environment”.

Stu reminds people to be vigilant even with the completed upgrades.

“Stick to the tracks that have been upgraded and re-opened, use the hygiene stations, make sure your footwear is clean before heading out and please stick to the rules”.

Progress of track upgrade work


Track Name


Waitakere Regional Park

White Track

100 per cent – NOW OPEN


Donald McLean Track

100 per cent – CLOSED to the public while neighbouring tracks are upgraded



75 per cent


Pūriri Ridge Track

Initial work has begun


Karamatura Track

30 per cent


Karamatura Loop

25 per cent


Spragg Bush Track

75 per cent


Winstone Track

Initial work has begun


Ahuahu Track

Work scheduled to begin next few weeks


Cutty Grass Track

Work scheduled to begin next few weeks


Maungaroa Lookout

Scoping stage


Parau Track

Scoping stage


Panto Track

Scoping stage

Southern Regional Parks

Eve’s Track (Whakanewha)

Track diverted away from kauri


Wairoa Southern Loop

50 per cent


Red Loop (Waharau)

Work scheduled to begin next few weeks


Settlers Track (Awhitu)

Work has begun


Hunua Ranges entry point upgrades

Design work has begun

Northern Regional Parks

Glenfern (Aotea / Great Barrier Island)

Work scheduled to begin next few weeks


Ecology Trail (Tāwharanui)

Work scheduled to start in April