Perfect for those who love adventure - if you enjoy nature and tramping, this walk is not to be missed when visiting the Bay of Islands. Often an overnight tramp - you can also do this walk in a day if you start from Deep Water Cove instead of Oke Bay in Rawhiti.
To do this walk in a day, you will need to get to the starting point via a boat transfer which will drop you off and pick you up from Deep Water Cove when you're finished. The boat ride is a great way to add a bit more adventure to the walk by getting to go by sea and land. You will also need a walking permit, but if you book the Cape Brett Walk experience with Explore, all of that will be organised for you.
The Cape Brett walk is situated on a peninsula, and traverses a stunning rugged coastal setting looking out at the beautiful Bay of Islands. The track is well marked and maintained by the Department of Conservation, but please note the track can be quite challenging and exposed in parts with steep drop-offs to the sea below. A good level of fitness is required to complete this challenging but very rewarding walk.
Once you've made it to Cape Brett you'll be able to stop for a well deserved rest to take in the beautiful panoramic view of the Bay of Islands. If you're wanting to make the most of your walk, we recommend staying a night in the Lighthouse Keepers house that's been converted into a 22 bunk hut, and make the return journey back the next day.
Explore Group offer a round trip for $90 departing either Paihia or Russell, and on your return journey you can stop off to relax at Otehei Bay for a well deserved drink or meal. You can catch a later ferry back to Russell / Paihia at no extra cost.
Want to stay overnight:
You can book the hut through the Department of Conservation website here
The cost per night is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Children aged 0 - 10 years are free.
What to bring:
- Good tramping/walking shoes
- Warm Jacket (The weather conditions can change quickly, so be prepared for all seasons)
- Enough food for the duration of your walk (There are basic kitchen facilities at the hut)
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
- Map (Which Explore Group will provide you with if you organise a transfer through them)
- Backpack to carry all your goodies
What to Expect:
A hard but very rewarding experience that you'll look back on fondly for the rest of your life. The Cape Brett really is one of the greats!