Itinerary

Day 1

Farmland – Reserve – Sand Dunes – Pacific Ocean Beach

HERE IS A TASTE OF WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE ON EACH DAY. A FULL TRACK GUIDE AND INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE GIVEN ON YOUR FIRST NIGHT

The walk on day one takes you from the lodge, across farm land, recreation reserve and sand dunes to a long, sandy and isolated Pacific Ocean beach.

Leave the lodge and walk approximately two kilometres along a quiet country road. Turn left into Blue Horizon Road and at the end of this road follow the signs and cross the stile into Taurikura Farms. Enjoy the quiet atmosphere and look around at the splendor of Mt Manaia behind you and the Bream Head range to your right. Cross the footbridge and head straight for the coast. This will take approximately 1 ½ hours from the lodge. You can add on the Humphries track loop at the beginning or end of this day, it runs from the lodge and re-connects with the road on the way to the beach. When you hit the beach the choice is yours – swim, lie in the sun, have something to eat.

Turn left to walk to Kauri Mountain, approximately 45 – 60 minutes, or turn right to Ocean Beach, approximately 45 minutes – or go both ways!

When you get to Ocean Beach you can phone for a lift, walk back, or add a little extra. To add something extra at the end of your walk – at Ocean Beach head to the southern end and follow the markers to walk up to the lighthouse, this is the beginning of the Te Whara track that goes along the top of the Bream Head range from Ocean Beach to Urquhart Bay. Enjoy the spectacular views from the lighthouse – look back where you have come from, see the ocean and the harbour, visualize the ancient crater that included Mount Manaia, Mount Aubrey, the Bream Head range and the Hen and Chicken Islands.

Day 2

Forest Tramps or Historic Site – Secluded Bay

Gives you the option of a dramatic and physically demanding walk along a high ridge line through coastal native forest or a choice of gentler options in the same spectacular landscape.

After breakfast, enjoy a lift back to Ocean Beach.  If you didn’t get up to the lighthouse yesterday have a look today!

WALK TO THE LIGHTHOUSE AT BREAM HEAD

Option one: Ocean Beach to Urquhart Bay

At the southern end of the beach follow the orange markers to Te Whara track (the lighthouse is a short distance up here).  This 7.5 km track follows an ancient Maori trail from Ocean Beach to Urquhart Bay through the best remaining example of coastal rainforest in the North Island.  A good level of fitness is required for this 5 – 6 hour trip.

OPTION ONE IS A TRAMP, RATHER THAN A WALK, AND IS SUITABLE FOR EXPERIENCED HIKERS AND THOSE LOOKING FOR A CHALLENGE.  STURDY BOOTS AND WALKING POLES ARE RECOMMENDED.

Option two: Peach Cove

Start at the Peach Cove  carpark, approximately one kilometre from Ocean Beach. This 3.6 km track takes you across pasture and scrubland then climbs steeply through broadleaf forest and meets the main Te Whara track.  From here you drop down steeply to a small sandy beach.  A moderate level of fitness is required for this 2-2 ½ hour return walk.  This is also a good starting point to do half of the Te Whara track, when you get to the ridge turn left for Ocean Beach or right for Urquhart Bay.  Approximately 3 hours either way.

Option three: Busby Head/Smugglers Bay

Start from Urquhart Bay, get dropped off or take your own car.  At the end of the road enter the Bream Head Scenic Reserve and follow the path.  A round trip to Busby Head and the gun emplacement at Home Point is 1 ½ hours, Smugglers Bay is 20 minutes away and an idyllic spot for a swim.

Other options

We can tailor make a walk to suit you on this day.  We are happy to drop off and pick up, or you can take your own car.

VIEW FROM SMUGGLERS BAY

Day 3

Settlers Monument – Spectacular Peaks or Harbour-side Stroll

Shifts the focus to the harbour side of our stunning peninsula, with options to climb the landmark Mount Manaia, its smaller cousin Mount Aubrey or stroll along well formed paths at altitudes closer to sea level.

MT MANAIA – PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN ROKE

Option one: Mt Manaia

Start from the Settlers Monument at the top of the hill between Taurikura and McLeod Bay.  After admiring the spectacular view follow the signs to the Mount Manaia track.  A moderate level of fitness is required for this 3.5 km return walk.  The track is well formed and marked but the natural rock lookouts have no safety barriers, so take care and stay away from the drop-offs. This track has recently been upgraded and is gravelled and stepped with a couple of bridges. This walk will take approximately 2 – 2.5 hours return.

Option two: Marine Reserve loop

From the Settlers Monument turn left into Bay View Road and head down to the beach.  Turn right to follow the track around the point past the marine reserve and the old freezing works ruins to Reotahi. Keep following the road up the hill and around the side of Mount Aubrey, turn right at the store and you have completed a loop.  This is an easy walk that will take approximately 45 minutes.

LUNCH BREAK

Option three: Mt Aubrey

From the Settlers Monument turn left into Bay View Road and head down to the beach.  Turn right to follow the track, a few minutes along turn right – this is signposted – to climb Mount Aubrey.  This is well formed with paths and stairs; it will take approximately one hour to get to the top and down the other side to Tiller Park.  Turn right to the store and right again to get back to the Monument.  This will take approximately 1.5 hours.

SOME PEOPLE CHOOSE TO DRIVE THEIR OWN CARS TO THE START OF THIS DAY’S WALK AND THEN CONTINUE ON THEIR HOMEWARD JOURNEY.  OTHERWISE, WE ARE HAPPY TO DROP OFF AND PICK UP AS YOU REQUIRE IT, BUT IF WE ARE EXPECTING A NEW GROUP OF WALKERS THAT AFTERNOON WE ASK THAT YOU LEAVE THE LODGE BY 2 PM.

BEAUTIFUL VIEWS ON THE MT AUBREY WALK

Two Day Option

If you are only able to come for two days walking you can “mix and match” any of the options from days one to three. On the first night you arrive here we will get together with you and tailor-make a walk to suit your requirements.

The idea is to be as flexible as possible so if you are on a shorter visit you can make the best of your time here. If you would like to know more please talk to us.