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Te Whara Bream Head Walk

Te Whara 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 walk is an ancient Maori trail as well as 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 impressive landforms, rock formations, and vegetation.  The volcanic origins of Whangarei Heads are very obvious.

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Enjoy the rock formations, huge boulders, 360 degree absolutely mind-blowing panorama views. For the brave, you can climb the Te Whara/Bream Head Summit at 476m above sea level. 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. Certainly, 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.

A well-earned swim in the clear waters at Ocean Beach is highly recommended!   Furthermore, there are picnic tables at Urquhart Bay and at the WWII Radar station 2/3 along the track.


timer     approximately 5 hrs one way – approximately 10 km

boots for walking Te Whara Track      High-level fitness – some steps and formed tracks but mostly bush tracks

Te Whara Track length Whangarei Heads      Start/Finish:  Start at Urquharts Bay  –  Finish at Ocean Beach

       Toilets -Urquharts Bay carpark and Ocean Beach

camera icon for Te Whara view point      Fantastic viewpoints. Don’t miss the Te Whara peak as you get 360 views from there. Not for the light-headed!



Catered unguided walks package

Bream Head walk to Ocean Beach

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.