Zion Hill Track

Zion Hill Track - Pararaha Valley - Tunnel Point - Beach Circuit

Zion Hill Track

Pararaha Valley - Tunnel Point - Beach Circuit



3 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

179 Auckland

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approx 4 km one-way | 1 hour 30 minutes one-way

The views of the coastline south of Karekare towards Whatipu and the Pararaha Valley are ample reward for this climb.


The start of the track is signposted over the Company Stream bridge at the carpark behind Karekare Beach.


The track is unmarked but well-formed and signposted. It is best avoided in wet winter conditions as it can be very muddy.

It climbs steeply for 45 minutes to the summit of Mount Zion (272 metres) before meeting a junction with the Zion Ridge Track. Bear right and continue for 45 minutes as the track descends to Pararaha Valley.

You can then continue to Whatipu via the Pararaha Valley to Whatipu Track.


Feature Value Info


North IslandAuckland RegionAuckland


  • Walking
  • Free


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Ranking: 1/10

Closed for the moment

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Just a short walk (about three hours) but with so many different beautiful landscapes. You walk through forest, marshy landscape, black sand dunes and at the end of the walk you are on a great beach.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ranking: 7/10

It runs a nice track between the bush and the beach with some wonderful views.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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