Never-ending coastline and sandy white beaches make Northland an ideal place for walking and hiking.
Explore the stunning coastline and islands that Northland is known for on foot. The Urapukapuka Island Archaealogical Walk is a great place to soak in stunning views of the Bay of Islands as well as learn about the fascinating pre-European history of the island.
If you're looking for a full day or two outdoors, you can't go past the Cape Brett Track. Traversing native bush and tall coastal ridges, this 8hr one-way hike incorporates spectacular views over the Bay of Islands, Cavalli Islands and Poor Knights Islands. Look out for dolphins and whales before reaching the Cape Brett Lighthouse & Department of Conservation hut that's at the end of the track.
An easy access walk that takes about half a day is the Bay of Islands Coastal Walkway. Following the coast from Opua to Paihia, this 8 hour-return walk takes in pleasant views over the Bay of Islands, white sandy beaches and a mangrove boardwalk.
The section linking Mangawhai Walk and Cove Road is closed 1 September to 31 October each year.
Natural rock lookouts do not have safety barriers so care is needed near cliff edges.
A reasonable level of fitness and experience is required for this walk.
Full circuit includes two ferry journeys.
There are steep cliffs and drop-offs to the side of the track.