Who are we?

Trail lovers doing what we love the most.

Make Tracks is a specialist track building business based on Waiheke Island in New Zealand. Led by Gary Wilton, we’re a team of trail lovers doing what we love the most – making tracks.

Since 2016 we have designed and built a range of walking and mountain bike tracks on properties across Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands – check out Our Track Record.

We believe that tracks are about much more than A to B – they should create a happy place for you. Somewhere you love to spend your time.

We like to start by getting to know your land and understanding what makes you happy. That way we can put together a free Trail Plan with clear, costed options, helping you to decide what works best for you. That way you know exactly what you’re getting and how much it’s going to cost.

Gary Wilton managed Auckland Council’s parks, reserves and the walkway network on the Gulf Islands from 2005 to 2016.  He led the creation of  Te Ara Hura – The Discovery Path – a 100km circuit linking Waiheke Island’s best trails and quiet back roads which opened in 2015.  and established the Waiheke Island Walking Festival in 2010. 

On Great Barrier Island he led the creation of new trails including Iona Mine track, the Station Rock Path and trails to Ruahine summit, Whaler’s Lookout, Ross Bay, Island Bay and Miller’s Hill.

In May 2019 Make Tracks owner Gary Wilton was recognised by the Walking Access Commission as an Outdoor Access Champion for his work creating Waiheke’s comprehensive network of walking and biking tracks.

The Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa present Outdoor Access Champion awards each year to people who have made significant and lasting contributions to public access to the outdoors in New Zealand.

“Gary is a Waiheke champion,” says Dot Dalziell from the Walking Access Commission “He is a biker and a walker who shares his love of the outdoors with a whole island of people.”

Read the full story online here
Read what the Friends of McKenzie Reserve said about Gary’s award
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