Hiking tracks on Great Barrier Island are rated amongst the best in New Zealand and you should definitely plan on going into the bush and experiencing the remarkable flora and fauna Aotea has to offer. The Department of Conservation maintains the tramping tracks on the Island and they do a fabulous job in creating safe tracks which do not disturb endangered species. Visit their website for more information about walking and tramping tracks on Great Barrier Island.
I would certainly get it wrong trying to sum up different locations of Great Barrier Island in terms of which has more to offer or which should not be left out. But I understand that time is of the essence for most tourists, and if you are a nature lover, into sailing, camping and tramping, you should definitely plan a few nights in Port FitzRoy. It is one of the bigger communities of Great Barrier Island, the harbour provides excellent shelter and anchoring for yachts of all sizes, the fishing is of course excellent as well.
Moreover, the FitzRoy area provides a vast network of D.O.C. administered tramping and walking tracks, offering suitable options for all levels of fitness and time-requirements. If you’re planning to camp, I recommend the D.O.C. administered Akapoua campground, right by the beach opposite of Quoin Island. You’ve got access to most of the tramping and walking tracks from here and don’t need a car. (Dogs are not allowed in most DOC camp grounds and on the tracks.)
If you’re looking for a short, easy grade walk, something to do in the evening or if you’re looking for a place to cool off, check out Warren’s and Bridle Tracks. We started at Akapoua camp ground and walked Warren’s Track and part of Bridle as a loop. From the camp ground it is an easy uphill walk to a water fall, amongst other things you will enjoy large kauri plantations and there are many deep rock pools where you can go for a swim and cool off. Allow for about an hour for the loop track from the camp ground.