Cape Brett Track
Northland, New Zealand
Start: Oke Bay
End: Lighthouse, Seaward End, Cape Brett Peninsula
Distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Time: 8 hours
Surface: Coastal Trails
The Cape Brett Track traverses rugged terrain for 16 km through native and regenerating bush. Expect dramatic coastal views; steep cliffs and drop-offs to the side of the track are a feature.
The Bay of Islands is aptly named-144 islands strung out between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula in the Northland region of New Zealand’s North island. Made famous in the 1930s byU.S. author and fishing enthusiast Zane Grey, who called it “the angler’s El Dorado,” this region features many walking trails – one of the best is the Cape Brett Track.
Cape Brett Track begins at Oke Bay and continues along the peninsula’s spine in a northeasterly direction, concluding at an old lighthouse at the peninsula’s seaward end. You can reverse the walk by catching a boat to the lighthouse and walking back toward the mainland. The trail is well-marked and maintained, and can at times be decidedly steep, yet the track’s high point is an easily scalable 1,131 feet (345 m). It passes through a wealth of native and regenerated coastal heathlands, but the real rewards are the many drop-offs and steep cliffs you pass on the way. You will also have (if you begin at Oke Bay) the welcoming sight of the Cape Brett Hut at the trait’s end, with its cooking facilities and twenty-three comfortable bunks.
Be sure not to touch the electrified fence that was installed across the peninsula in 1995 to prevent encroachment of possums into the peninsula’s fragile coastal flora.
All trampers must pay a track maintenance fee, and a fee to use the Cape Brett Hut.Track fees maintain the track section crossing private land between Rawhiti and Deep Water Cove.
There is no charge for the section of track between Deep Water Cove and Cape Brett, or Whangamumu to Te Toroa Bay.
Parking is available for a small fee at:
253 Rawhiti Road, Kaingahoa (Julie Witehira)
Kaingahoa Marae, 243 Rawhiti Road, Rawhiti
Hartwells, Kaimarama Bay.
To walk this 16 km undulating track, you need to: