As I mentioned in the previous post, spending a night at the D.O.C. Mt Heale Hut on Mount Hobson is a great idea. The hut has toilet, water, bunk bed and gas facilities and you’ll appreciate the beautiful views.
The descent back to Port FitzRoy will take you between 2-3 hours, there are a few staircases and hanging bridges to cross but you’ll definitely enjoy the quicker pace compared to the climb. We really appreciated our adventure from FitzRoy to Mount Hirakimata and back, this loop track is undoubtedly a tramping highlight in New Zealand. I’ve been lucky enough to tramp more or less all over New Zealand, from off the beaten track hikes to the so-called great walks. If you are in New Zealand for an active holiday, don’t miss out the opportunity to visit Great Barrier Island. While Milford Track, Routeburn, Kepler, Tongariro Crossing etc. are without question exceptional, they are also overrun by tourists. We did this loop track at the end of summer, the weather and conditions were optimal and didn’t encounter a single tourist.
Great Barrier Island is simply unique, not only rugged and almost-untouched but you’ll be also guaranteed a private and tranquil experience.