From the top of Port FitzRoy/Okiwi Hill on Aotea Road the track ascends the southern ridge with views of both sides of the island.
Travel under the forest canopy to signposted junction to Coopers Castle lookout, a large andesitic rock bluff which offers extensive views. (PLEASE NOTE:The following end portion of the track is CLOSED due to damage caused by a severe weather event in June 2014 – The main track descends from the lookout junction to join Kaiaraara Track.) You will need to return back the way you came, to the Aotea Road entrance. Allow 2 hours each way to complete the Coopers Castle Track, and beware of the steep drop off at the lookout.