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Bay of Islands Walks

Cape Brett Walkway

Cape Brett Track

Description:
The Cape Brett track traverses through native and regenerating bush. The track follows the ridge through Maori land starting in Rawhiti and into DOC (Department of Conservation) land from Deep Water cove. The track runs along forested ridges, you can take in spectacular coastal scenery. Towards the Cape you walk through some dramatic cliff edges, with great views to the many small coves below. You get to appreciate the expanse of scenery when you look north to the Cavalli Islands and as you face south towards the Whangamumu headlands and Poor Knights Islands.

Time & Distance:

  • To walk fromRawhiti to Deep Water Cove time is approx 5-6 hours.
  • To walk from Deep Water Cove to Cape Brett time is approx 2-3 hours.
  • To walk from Rawhiti to Cape Brett (16.3 Km) one way will take approx 8 hrs.

Getting there and Back :
We are able offer several water taxi options if you prefer to walk a certain distance and be picked up for a return trip. Below are some options to choose.

Option examples:

  1. Self drive to Rawhiti, (Car storage at Julia’s Backpackers) Water Taxi pick up at Kaingahoa Bay. Drop you off at Cape Brett and you walk back to your car approx 8hrs.
  2. Self drive to Rawhiti,(Car storage at Julia’s Backpackers) Water Taxi pick up at Kaingahoa Bay, Drop you off at Deep Water Cove, walk out to Cape Brett 2- 3 hrs. Stay the night in the DOC hut. Walk back to your car the next day.
  3. Pick up in Paihia / Russell by Water Taxi; take a scenic boat ride out to Cape Brett. You can either walk to Rawhiti on the same day and we’ll pick you up later or the next day for a return back to Paihia / Russell.

Historical:
The Lighthouse was first lit in 1910 and stands at the entrance to the Bay of Islands, At 14 metres high, one of three lighthouses in New Zealand to utilize mercury bath technology. The lighthouse keepers cottage was built in 1908 and very typical for the early 20 th century. Also the only remaining lighthouse left in Northland of its kind.

Cape Brett Peninsula is rich with Maori history with ancient pa sites and fortified villages visible at various locations along the track.

Plan, Prepare & Be Safe:
Please note: No dogs allowed on track and camping is not permitted due to fire risk. It is essential that you pack and take all your rubbish, including food scraps to prevent rats. Take your own water, at least 1.5lts per walker. Wear suitable foot wear and clothing.


Moturua Island Walks

Description:
Moturua Island scenic reserve is central in the Bay of Islands.

The track skirts around the island. The track descends down to the four main bays on Moturua Island beaches that have sand and pebbles. There are a few steep cliffs and bluffs to be aware of.

Time & Distance:
Distance of track is a 4.6km around the loop and generally takes 2.5 hrs walking.
Island Mass: 136 ha

Getting there and Back:
During the summer months we run a daily shuttle leaving Paihia / Russell at 9am. Pick up from the Island at approx 2:30 pm so plenty of time to take a picnic have a lovely lunch and to stop at one of the many beaches.
(Snorkelling gear also available for hire)
For on demand Water Taxi times to suit you and your group
Price: $115.00 for up to five passengers one way, $20.00 per any extra person.

Historical:
Moturua Island has a tremendous amount of history both pre European and post settlers. This island has 27 recorded archaeological sites. There are three main Pa sites with fantastic views from the western Pa site Hikurangi Pa. British explorer Captain Cook traded food and supplies with the Maori people from here in 1769. Marion Du Fresne a French explorer spent a few months here in 1772.

Plan & Prepare & Be Safe:
Moturua Island track is mostly well formed, some steep sections and rough ground in places, suitable for persons low to moderate fitness and abilities. Clearly signposted and steam and river crossings are bridged. We recommend light tramping shoes or boots. Take plenty of fresh water and refreshments. Please no dogs due to risks to wildlife.

 

Urupukapuka Walks

Description:
Urupukapuka Island is the largest of all the islands in the Bay of Islands. Many of the large bays and beaches provide great starting points to start your walk. Our Water Taxi can drop you off at one of these beaches or at the Wharf in Otehei Bay. Many Pa sites and rolling hills, rough ridges and steep cliff faces provide great photo opportunities.

Time & Distance: Walks range from 30 min strolls to 5 hour walk

Getting there and Back:
During the summer months we run a daily shuttle leaving Paihia / Russell at 9am. Pick up from Island at approx 2:15pm so plenty of time to take a picnic have a lovely lunch, stop at one of the many beaches.
(Snorkelling gear also available for hire)
(Also enquire about Kayaking tours from Urupukapuka)
For on demand Water Taxi times to suit you and your group
Price: $140.00 for up to 5 passengers one way, $25.00 per extra person

Plan & Prepare & Be Safe:
This walk is easy to moderate fitness and ability required. Track is mostly well formed, clearly signposted and light tramping shoes are recommended, Take plenty of water as there is not drinking water on the island. Café facilities are available on the island at the Zane Grey Resort in Otehei Bay.

Camping:
There are three campsites on Urupukapuka Island, Sunset Bay is the smallest with only 4 tent sites, bay faces south/west. Cable Bay has approx 50 Tent sites, Cable bay faces south. Urupukapuka Bay campsite is the largest of approx 70 sites. During the summer months it is very important to pre book with DOC www.doc.govt.nz
$8.10 adult/night, $2.00 child/night (5 – 17 years)

Our Water Taxi can pick you up at Paihia / Waitangi / Russell and drop you off at the bay desired and a short walk up the beach to set up your camp site.
Price: $140.00 for up to 5 passengers one way. This includes 1 Pack / bag pp
Extra equipment is $25.00 per 70kg.

Historical:
There is very little known about Urupukapuka pre European settlers, although there is thought to have been more than 1000 Maori settlers when Captain Cook came visiting in 1769. Most of the record history has been gathered from the Pa sites and word of mouth from local ancestry. Post European settlers Otehei Bay became famous for the American Fishing explorer in the early1920’s who later built a resort called Zane Grey’s which is a popular resort and restaurant today.

 

Project Island Song

Project Island Song is a shared vision for the restoration of the islands at Ipipiri/Eastern Bay of Islands.

The islands have been home to rats and stoats that eat everything from seeds, plants, birds’ eggs, and chicks, to insects and lizards.

Project Island Song is an opportunity to work towards an archipelago of islands rich in native flora and fauna for all to enjoy.