Cape Brett Walkway

8 hrs

33 Km


  • Native forest
  • Cape Brett Lighthouse
  • Deep Water Cove; swim & snorkel


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This magnificent hiking track runs the length of Cape Brett. It's a challenging walk, so you'll need a high level of fitness.

The seven distinctive peaks that mark Cape Brett’s spine are said to represent the seven waka that brought Maori settlers to Aotearoa from Hawaiiki around 700 years ago. The area is rich in early Maori history, and the remains of ancient pa sites (fortified villages) are visible at various locations.

This challenging 8-hour track requires a high degree of fitness and hiking experience.

The track begins at Oke Bay, near Rawhiti, and takes you through native forest and along dramatic cliffs to the lighthouse at the end of the cape. When you look down to the ocean and bays below, you might see dolphins playing in the waves. At Deep Water Cove you can stop for a swim and a snorkel.

The 14-metre high Cape Brett lighthouse was built in 1906 and a small settlement was established at Cape Brett for the lighthouse keepers and their families. This lighthouse was finally automated in 1978.

For overnight accommodation, the Department of Conservation has converted the lighthouse keeper’s house into a comfortable lodge for hikers. Bookings are essential.

To find out more, Visit the DOC website (Department of Conservation). 

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