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Te Whara Track Bream Head Walk

Te Whara Track / Bream Head Walk

Around Whangarei Heads and along our naturally stunning coastline there are walks and hikes to suit all levels.  The Te Whara (Bream Head) trek is a challenging but very rewarding hike. We recommend you start this trek at Urquharts Bay Carpark. Turn left and head up the steep track towards Mt Lion. The track itself is undulating with both steep and narrow parts. This is truly a magnificent landscape and seascape with the impressive landforms, rock formations and vegetation.  The volcanic origins of Whangarei Heads are very obvious.

Enjoy the rock formations, huge boulders, 360 degree absolutely mind-blowing panorama views. You will see Cape Brett to the North, looking south Ruakaka Beach, Hen and Chicken Islands, Mokohinaus and on a clear day Great Barrier Island.  Visit the remains of the radar station as you head down the track into Whangarei Heads.

The Te Whara Trek is currently recognised as one of the top 5 day walks in the country. Not a small feat!

To walk this trek you need to have a reasonable level of fitness. Make sure you are prepared with sensible clothing, good footwear and food and drink.

You may want to consider transport back to your vehicle. The walk back to Urquhart Bay takes another hour or so along the road. We have a local operator (Traildrop) offering this service so please contact them to make your trail drop off or pick up booking.

Traildrop Whangarei

A well-earned swim in the clear waters at Ocean Beach is highly recommended!

  • From 5 – 7 hrs one way  –  approximately 10 km
  • High level of fitness needed
  • Start at Urquharts Bay  –  Finish at Ocean Beach
  • Toilets at both start and finish
  • Picnic tables at Urquhart Bay and at the WWII Radar station 2/3 along the track.

 

Catered unguided walks package

 

 

Te Whara Track Whangarei Heads

Te Whara Track at Whangarei Heads

 

Please help stop kauri dieback

Kauri dieback disease  is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

  • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting the Te Whara Trek and in general any kauri forest.