Headquarters for 2023: The Russell Bowling Club

The Russell Bowling Club is hosting the HQ and Education Centre for the walks. Unless otherwise advised, all walks start and finish at the Russell Bowling Club. Also gather there for after-match functions, photo of the day competition, best blister of the day…etc. Meet and talk with people and guides who have done the walks, to learn about local history, culture and environmental issues, to see what’s on offer in the market place, to listen to live music throughout the weekend and other evening events. 

What to bring on your walk

• Water

• Snacks

• Sunscreen/Sun hat

• Lunch – depending on your walk – you can pack your own or you can order a packed lunch to take, though you still need to carry them.

• Strong walking shoes, preferably boots

• Raincoat

• Camera if you like to capture wonderful walking moments

• Walking stick if preferred

• Money in case you pass a shop/café/oyster farmer – some have eftpos but you never know what little delight you may encounter on the way that is cash only.

• Any personal medication

Items Provided by Guide

• First aid kit

• Thermal blanket

• Extra water

Safety and Responsibility

You walk at your own risk…

Read carefully the requirements for each walk, we take no responsibility for walkers being unprepared.

Participants should ensure that their fitness level is appropriate for the walk. Be in good time for your walk so you don’t miss the safety briefing.

If the walk is labeled No Dogs, then please respect this.

If a walk is not suitable for children, then please do not bring children. Please see the Walks Program for guidance about this. Children must be accompanied by and adult.

Participants are responsible for their own belongings and vehicles while on walks.

If a walker has a disability or is on medication the organisers need to know.

Please ensure you read the disclaimer when booking and fully understand it before booking.

Bio Security

Because of all our sensitive wildlife areas, people should assume dogs aren’t appropriate unless the walk info specifically indicates it is dog friendly.

It is super important to every New Zealander that we leave this beautiful land in good condition for generations to come. With that in mind we suggest you read the following articles and take the recommendations on board.

For the walks which access kauri trees – Ngaiotonga Forest, Opua Forest, Cape Brett Track, Whangamumu Track, Puekhuia,


For the walks on the islands:



The Disclaimer

This document serves to make sure you understand the risks and hopefully allows you to travel more prepared. You can print the disclaimer for registration here.

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Disclaimer

As the event organisers, we endeavour to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health and safety of all participants in our activities.  As a walker, we also need you to be aware that you are taking part in a walking/hiking event in a natural environment which may be remote, strenuous and subject to unpredictable weather. We ask you to play your part in keeping yourself and others safe by being well prepared for your walks, read any instructions sent to you prior to the event, and on the day, listen to and follow instructions of the leaders. Please note that you will be asked to sign a declaration as you register, acknowledging that you are appropriately fit for the walk you have chosen and that you will stay with your walking party from start to finish. You will need to declare any serious medical conditions or allergy requiring medication, advise the Guide before your walk commences and ensure that you carry suitable medication.

The organisers reserve the right to cancel any event on the programme without prior notice, due to weather or any other concern. In the unlikely event of this happening, walkers will be notified by email, phone or at the Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Headquarters on the day. If on the day, the boat Captain and/or Guide decides the weather is too severe, we will endeavour to offer an alternative day or an alternative walk. We will refund any difference in the cost. Only if no alternative is available, will we refund (less 15% admin fee). Refund Policy: If you cancel 30 days or more before the walk, 100% refund; less 15% admin fee. No refund if cancelled less than 30 days before the walk. All proceeds go to the Bay of Islands Walking Weekend Charitable Trust.