Great Auckland Walk: Albany Trig Track
The Albany Trig Track is a stunning undulating walk through wonderful NZ native bush suitable for the whole family. This great Auckland walk is located not far from the Albany Stadium on Auckland’s North Shore, it is easily accessible and easy to slip into your day!
Albany Trig Track Quest:
Why walk this track?
Great views are obtained from the area near the trig, but the exceptional part of this walk is the descent on the western section of the main track where the land falls away steeply. Here you will see many big trees including kauri and massive puriri. Spectacular views are obtained looking down on groves of nikau.
One person returning to NZ after visiting many countries overseas said, “This is as good as any National Park I’ve visited abroad.”
Walking in an anticlockwise direction is recommended because the great beauty of the bush can be best appreciated by descending rather than climbing through this exquisite area.
The walk to the Waterfall can be completed as a standalone walk of about 600m return or included as part of your loop. At the waterfall there is a park bench to sit and enjoy the view and sounds. Another 100m further is a picnic table in a lovely grassy area.
The track can be accomplished by people of most abilities. It has some quite steep sections but nothing technical or overly dangerous. The track itself is in good order with a lovely metal base that makes it walkable all year around.
There are two main entry points for this track.
- From the car park at the end of Carol Lee Place
- Walking along the driveway that starts immediately on the left after coming out of Albany and crossing the Gills Rd bridge. It then follows the wide grass track that climbs up the hill.
The parking is far better at Carol Lee Place. Once parked, follow the grass area down for about 60m and turn left through the into the reserve where the track starts. Alternatively, you can start your walk by entering straight off the end of the carpark. This way takes you towards the top section of the track, past the trig and down into the nikau grove area.
- Plenty of kauri trees of varying sizes throughout the walk
- Large puriri trees
- A wide variety of native bush and areas that are distinctly different throughout the walk
- Lovely views of the Albany Basin and across to the Waitakere Ranges from vantage points on the track
- Waterfall and stream is a peaceful and lovely area
Running and walking:
This track is suitable for running and walking. The track is in great condition and would be a wonderful addition to any run in the area. The track is up and down, steep and flat and has great stability and footing. The 2km run would take 12 – 25 minutes depending on the ability of the runner.
Wheelchairs and Buggies:
The waterfall track is fine for wheelchairs and buggies. The remainder of the track is not suitable, being too steep, narrow in places and too many stairs.
This is a wonderful track that is ideal for people who desire a walk up to about an hour (with stops) in some beautiful bush with great views.
It is well worth a visit to get yourself, your friends and family out into the fresh air.
*** Note: if using this map for navigation on your phone or GPS device, you will need to open it within Google Maps to get your current position showing on the map. To do this, simply click the expand icon in the top right corner of this map. This will now provide you live GPS tracking as you walk the map so you always know exactly where you are! WOW!
Chart of track elevation
The Google Map and Elevation Chart used in this Post have been produced using the Tom Tom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS Watch. This watch tracks running, cycling, swimming and freestyle, and includes built in heart-rate monitor – and I love it! Check out the Tom Tom Cardio Watch or check out a wider range of GPS watches and Fitness Trackers. Enjoy – they add another dimension to exercise.