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Whangarei Heads Walks and Hikes

Around Whangarei Heads and along our naturally stunning coastline there are walks and hikes to suit all levels. The Mt Manaia walk was recently recognised nationally as one of the top 14 short walks. The Bream Head/Te Whara trek was also recognised as one of the top 5 day walks in the country. Not a small feat!

A selection of the local walks and hikes have been made available online by the Discover Whangarei Heads Tourism Group. You can view or print these here.

Whangarei Heads Walking Tracks PDF

Whangarei Heads Walks and Hikes

Whangarei Heads Walking Tracks PDF

Walks and hikes at Bream Head Scenic Reserve

We are very fortunate to be located within and nearby some of New Zealand’s premier coastal forest reserves. Bream Head Scenic reserve is the best example of this type of broadleaf forest in Northland. This reserve provides a refuge for a diverse range of species brought together in a unique coastal broadleaf forest. This includes kiwi, kukupa (wood pigeon), threatened invertebrates, bats, skinks and geckos. Furthermore several bird species from offshore islands like kaka, kakariki (red-crowned parakeet) and bellbird can be seen.

Take a walk with us through Bream Head Scenic Reserve

Forest restoration by intensive pest control is managed by the Bream Head Conservation Trust.


360 degree view from your 476m (1,562ft) perch

360 degree view from your 476m (1,562ft) perch – Bream Head Scenic Reserve

The Bream Head / Te Whara Track

If you like big views, volcanic peaks and dramatic landscapes then Bream Head should be on your “to do” list. This spectacular headland dominates the local landscape with impressive volcanic peaks.  The headland thrusts out into the Pacific Ocean with a jagged ridge-line and bush clad slopes.  Hence there is a touch of the mysterious and exotic.

Well formed and signposted pathways lead you up the mountain.  The higher you go the more interesting the flora and fauna becomes. On the ridge you will come across the two dominant volcanic plugs. It is possible (and not too hard) to get right on top of the seaward peak.

This is simply a WOW moment as you have that “top of the world” feeling with a 360 degree view from your 476m (1,562ft) perch.  Take the time to soak in this special setting.  Then it is all downhill on the northern slopes, taking you back down to Ocean Beach – and a well deserved swim. This track can be done as a loop if you depart from the Peach Cove car park area. There are steep parts, but accessible to anyone with a moderate degree of fitness. If you take your time to enjoy, the loop can be completed in around 3 – 4 hours. Make sure to take some water and snacks.

The track also features in the PDF trail map in the Whangarei Heads Walks and Hikes section on this page.


Te Araroa – The Long Pathway

Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail – is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff. This trail was officially opened December 3rd, 2011 by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Te Araroa is the greatest New Zealand adventure there is. It takes walkers on an easily navigated journey showcasing what we believe is the best of “the real” New Zealand.

Our location puts us at the Northern end of 3 sections of the pathway. Kauri Mountain Track, Ocean Beach Track and Bream Head Track. These 3 sections offer the best of Northlands natural coastline.

While we are not the standard pick of accommodation for walkers passing through, we do occasionally have Studio accommodation available on short notice. Please give us a call in case you are looking for a comfortable bed and a shower… ph 027 3200 770

In addition our son Louis operates Taiharuru Walkers Camp between markers 370 and 371. Camping with comforts! Ph 021 028 29102

By arrangement we can also provide transport services that allow “one way” traverses of our local trail sections.

View the Te Araroa Website for Trail Maps


View of the Bream Head Peninsula

View of the Bream Head Peninsula – Bream Head Walks

The Approach to Ocean Beach - Bream Head Walks

The approach to Ocean Beach – Bream Head Walks

Smugglers Cove

Smugglers Cove