Part of Te Araroa, The Long Pathway, the track up Dome Summit is a short but reasonably challenging afternoon’s outing. Only about 1 hours drive from Auckland, Dome Summit is a great peak for Auckland based daytrippers.
|Elevation||336 m (1,102 ft)|
|Location/List||North Island, New Zealand|
|Location Coordinates||36° 21′ 32″ S, 174° 37′ 23″ E|
|Nearest Town/s||Warkworth, Auckland
|LINZ Topographic map/s||AZ31 Warkworth|
|Duration||2-3 hours (return)|
|Distance||3.1 km (1.9 mi)|
|Start/End Points||Dome Tearooms, SH1|
|Track conditions||Track, Scramble|
|Sights||Views of Taranga Island, Kauri trees|
By Car Drive to the Dome tearooms. The tearooms are located 7 km north of Warkworth on SH 1, 10 km south of Wellsford and 74 km north of Auckland.
Public Transport No frequent public transport exists, however, it may be possible to book a bus to Warkworth or Wellsford through Intercity and catch a taxi to the tearooms.
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Our Recommended Route
The Dome Summit walk starts from the Dome tearooms carpark. Follow the track up steps along narrow road reserve until you reach the Dome Forest Conservation area. Then follow the track though forest until you reach a lookout platform. From this platform you can see views across to the Hauraki Gulf.
After the lookout, the track continues onwards, but is rougher and more like a tramping-style track. To get to the summit you will need to scramble, but once you are at the top you are rewarded with views of Taranga Island, part of the Hen and Chickens Islands.
As the top of the summit has been reached, you can now descend back the way you came to the Dome Tearooms carpark. However the track does continue onward and if you wish you can walk down the other side of the dome to the Waiwhiu Kauri Grove. In the grove there is a stand of 20 magnificent mature Kauri which have escaped historic kauri logging.