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. 

Recommended Experiences

  1. Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway

    • Giant staircase - natural amphitheatre
    • Clifftop ocean views to offshore islands
    • Beach walk

    GRADE: EASY
    The section linking Mangawhai Walk and Cove Road is closed 1 September to 31 October each year.

    • 2-3 hrs
    • 5 km (return)
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  2. Mount Manaia Track

    • Natural rock lookouts
    • Regenerating native bush
    • Spectacular ocean views

    GRADE: EASY
    Natural rock lookouts do not have safety barriers so care is needed near cliff edges.

    • 2-3 hrs
    • 3.5 km (return)
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  3. Te Whara Track

    • Coastal forests
    • Panoramic coastal views
    • WWII radar station ruins

    GRADE: ADVANCED
    A reasonable level of fitness and experience is required for this walk.

    • 5 - 6 hrs
    • 7.5 km
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  4. Bay of Islands Coastal Walkway

    • Rare birds; weka and kiwi
    • Ferry links
    • Native flora and fauna

    GRADE: VARIOUS
    Full circuit includes two ferry journeys.

    • 8 hrs
    • 8.2 km
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