There are superb hiking and tramping tracks all over Great Barrier Island and I intend to experience them all first hand and to post reviews here on BENIsLAND.co.nz. You certainly don’t have to leave the Tryphena vicinity if you are looking for rewarding hiking adventures, be it coastal or inland. Last Sunday we went for a hike and scout, and discovered Dolphin and Ross Bays. Access is via Cape Barrier Road and if you miss the following sign you’re probably driving too fast. It is on the right hand side going south and approximatively 5 km from the beginning of Cape Barrier Road.
The tracks are well marked and you will be rewarded with great views of Tryphena harbour and views over Channel Island, Little Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsular and up to Rangigtoto Island. The tree and bush canopy will protect you from the sun on a hot day and the contours of the tracks are slightly challenging (meaning that you will feel your leg muscles coming up the hills). 2-3 hour return to Ross Bay and about 2 hour return to Dolphin Bay. Take swimming gear and food for a pick-nick, Dolphin Bay is very secluded and private. A great spot to just relax, listen to the wind and waves, and to enjoy.
After a bit of a scout and break in Dolphin Bay, we headed back up hill and commenced on the route to Ross Bay.