Please note:

All walks depart from the Russell Bowling Club

If you have any trouble booking or have any queries please call Steph on 021 122 9307

1 Kororareka Oyster Walk

Fri 16th

Basics

Fri 16th October – 1pm
Duration – 3 Hours walking
Distance – 6 kms
Cost – Adult $35, Child $20 (includes transport costs and local delicacies)
Grade – medium
Maximum Walkers – 15
Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus
Please note: This walk is part of the Full Circle Walk.

Meet at the Russell Bowling Club

A child is classed as 10 – 14 years

Details

Take a short bus ride out to Okiato, the site of New Zealand’s first capital. Hike back through
flat coastal wetland, climb through a mixture of regenerating and magical old native forest,
step by step up the valley with points of interest to view where you have been and where you
are going. Descend to the stunning mangrove boardwalk with water views of Orongo Bay
and the oyster farms where you will be transported back to the Russell Bowling Club.
Included in this walk is a lovely pack of yummy local delicacies.

2 Full Circle – Russell to Russell via Paihia

Sat 17th 

Basics

Sat 17th October 8:30 am
Duration – 6 Hours
Distance – 17 kms
Cost – Adult $35, Child $15 (includes both ferries)
Grade – hard
Maximum walkers – 20
Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus
Please note: The Okiato to Orongo Bay walk is part of this walk

Details

Leaving Russell, you head towards Okiato, which is the site of New Zealand’s first capital.
Walking along the stunning mangrove boardwalks and then into the bush where the terrain is
more challenging before settling onto more coastal boardwalks before catching the car ferry
in Okiato for a 5-minute ferry ride to Opua. Plenty of birdsong on this section off the walk
and do keep an eye out for Weka. The picturesque walk from Opua to Paihia takes you
around many points, beaches, and bays. Catching the Bay Belle passenger ferry from Paihia
back to Russell.
It is a great sense of accomplishment having completed the full circle that many think you
can only circumnavigate either by car or ferry!

3 Paroa Bay Vineyard

Sat 17th, Sun 18th

Basics

Sat 17th October, 9am
Sun 18th October, 9am
Duration – 5 hours
Distance – up to 6km
Grade- Medium to hard
Cost – Adult $55, (Includes wine tasting, platters and transport)
Child $40
Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus
Maximum walkers – 15

Details

Paroa Bay Vineyard is a stunning family owned boutique vineyard with traditional handmade,
sustainable wines, and to top it off incredible sea views.
As you walk, you will enjoy lush native bush, expansive stunning views of the Bay of Islands,
and a beautiful waterfall. Oops, too much information! The walk is less than 6km, medium to hard grade, but the hard grade is optional! All will be explained on the day! There are bees to pass and ropes to use – but don’t be put off!
The walk finishes with wine tasting at Paroa Bay Vineyard. These wines are all made with
traditional techniques of viticulture and dry grown vines to create distinctive handcrafted
wines of character in low yields, reflecting the white clay soils and warm climate of the Bay of
Islands. To top it all off there are delicious shared platters to enjoy!
Limited numbers on this walk, which is over private land. You will not be able to walk it any
other time of the year! Enjoy!

4 Meet the locals – Sunrise and Breakfast

Sat 17th and Sun 18th

Basics

Saturday 17th October, 6.15am leave the bowling club – sharp! We do not want to miss the
sunrise.
Sunday 18th October, 6.15 leave the bowling club – sharp!
Duration – 5 Hours
Distance 5 kms
Cost – Adult $25, Child $15 (includes breakfast)
Grade – medium
Maximum walkers – 12
Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Details

An early start to the day to meet the locals. Watch the sun rising over the Cape Brett Peninsula, have breakfast together then embark on a mystery tour of Tapeka and Russell.
On the way you’ll meet some interesting characters, have some beautiful views and get to places you can only get to via the Bay of Islands Walking Weekend.

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5 Omata Estate Vineyard

Fri 16th and Sat 17th

Basics

Friday 16th October
2.30pm.  Arrive about 6.30pm at Omata Vineyard for wood fired pizza and wine tasting.
Sat 17th October
11am – Arrive about 2.30pm for gourmet platters and wine tasting.
Duration – 3 Hours plus 1.5 hours at the vineyard, before taking the bus home
Distance 9 kms
Cost – Adult $55, Child $40 – includes food, wine tasting and transport back
Grade: medium to hard. A couple of steep hills
Maximum walkers – 20
Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Details

Omata Estate is a boutique vineyard situated in a stunning location on a sheltered hilltop with wonderful views across the vines to the bay. Their lovely old wooden hexagonal restaurant, brick paths, terraced and sunny garden are reminiscent of an old French vineyard, which creates a perfect atmosphere to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine
with a gourmet platter or delicious wood fired pizza.
There are three Omata Vineyard Walks to choose from. All include wine tasting and beautiful food.
Each wine tasting goes through 5 different varietals of wine all grown on the property.
Friday afternoon/evening we have a walk that takes you to the vineyard for wine tasting and
delicious wood fired homemade pizza!
We also have a walk for non-walkers who really just want to support their partners at
the weekend.
Saturday walk to the vineyard for a daytime experience of wine tasting and sumptuous
platters! It’s a hard choice!!
We also have a walk for non-walkers who really just want to support their partners at
the weekend.
This is a walk for those who like a small reward at the end – a few glasses of wine and some
good food in a perfect setting!
Gather at the Russell Bowling Club for what is normally a very light-hearted walk.
Head through the township, past some significant heritage buildings, then up ‘that hill’ which
signifies the real start of the walk. From there it is an easy pleasant walk down to sea level
and through the stunning mangrove boardwalk, stopping briefly to learn about the fascinating
history of Tikitikioure and its mining heritage. The stories of manual labour hardship and a
hillside village that was, at its time, larger than Russell township. 
Walkers carry on, thankful that we live in a day and age where manually chipping away at
the mineshaft is behind us, and stroll round Orongo Bay taking in the extensive oyster farm
operations. One more steep climb up and over, through well-established native bush. Plenty
of bird life and a rather cheery atmosphere to keep you well entertained, but still, your glass
of wine will be well appreciated.
Your destination is the beautiful grounds of Omata Estate where you will be warmly
welcomed. There is nothing more rewarding than doing some good old-fashioned exercise
before settling down to a glass of wine and some beautiful food.

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5a Omata Estate Vineyard (Non Walkers)

Fri 16th and Sat 17th

Basics

Friday 16th October
2.30pm.  Arrive about 6.30pm at Omata Vineyard for wood fired pizza and wine tasting.
Sat 17th October
11am – Arrive about 2.30pm for gourmet platters and wine tasting.
Duration – 3 Hours plus 1.5 hours at the vineyard, before taking the bus home
Distance 9 kms
Cost – Adult $55, Child $40 – includes food, wine tasting and transport back
Grade: medium to hard. A couple of steep hills
Maximum walkers – 20
Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Details

Are you coming to the Walking Weekend to support your partner or friend? Are you a short distance walker? This is the walk for you!

You will be transported out to Omata Estate, a boutique vineyard situated in a stunning location on a sheltered hilltop with wonderful views across the vines to the bay.

Your 2 km walk will be among the vines. The guide will explain the intricacies of the vineyard so that you will appreciate the wine tasting at the end! Bring your camera for great views over the Bay.  If you don’t want to have a walk in the vines, you can perch yourself on a beanbag or chair and relax.

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6 Urupukapuka Island

Sat 16th and Sun 18th

Basics

Sat 17th October 8:30am

Sun 18th October 8:30am

Duration – 5 hours walking

30 minutes each way boat travel.

Distance 11 kms

Please note – For those who don’t like steps a shorter version will be available if the group decides to split in two, we will have extra guides to allow this to happen, and you can still experience the panoramic views and all the island has to offer.

Cost Adult $60.00, Child $40 (includes boat transfers)

Grade: Hard for the long walk, medium for the shorter

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Maximum walkers – 20

Details

You have the choice of the long island loop or a shorter walk.

Urupukapuka Island is the largest island in the Bay of Islands and is a slice of paradise well worth exploring. As well as boasting some of the most spectacular panoramic views imaginable and gorgeous beaches with crystal clear water there are dozens of pristinely preserved archaeological sites on the island, some of which may be up to 1000 years old. From prehistoric Māori pā, villages, gardens, and food storage, right up to early 20th Century buildings used by famous author Zane Grey, there are countless historic sites to explore on Urupukapuka Island.

You will travel by commercial launch to Urupukapuka Island, getting a feel for the Bay of Islands as you venture into the inner islands where you will disembark at the stunning Otehei Bay. The full walk is 11km on very well-maintained trails and there is plenty to see. (For those who do not like steps a shorter version will be available if the group decides to split in two.) You will hike through forest which holds treasures of Project Island Song such as the North Island robin and saddleback, which are the jewels amongst the abundant tui and fantail population. From sheltered bays, ancient pā, a wildlife hide and created wetland, climb through regenerating Manuka forest to scintillating views along the impressive seaward coastline. Looping around the island with one view to Zane Grey’s campsite and the other out to the waters he fished, before catching your vessel back to Russell.

7 Moturua Island Song – incl sailing

Sat 17th

Basics

Adult $75 – Child $50

Saturday 19th October, 07.30

Sunday 20th October 07:30

Duration 8 hours – sailing and walking

Distance – 5 km walking

Grade – Medium

Category: Family friendly. Max Walkers: 30

Adult $75 – Child $50

Meet at the Russell Bowling Club

A child is classed as 10 – 14 years

Details

Saturday 17th October, 7.30am – on  sail boat Kingfisher – limited to 16 people

Duration 8 hours – sailing and walking

Distance – 5 km walking

Grade  – Medium

Cost – Adult $75, child $50

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Maximum Walkers: 16

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7a Moturua Island Song – incl sailing

Sun 18th

Basics

Sunday 18th October, 7.30am – on the Tall Ship R Tucker Thompson – limited to 30 people

Duration 8 hours – sailing and walking

Distance – 5 km walking

Grade  – Medium

Cost – Adult $75, child $50

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Maximum Walkers: 30

Details

Sailing out from Russell aboard an iconic sailing vessel, R.Tucker Thomson – experience the peacefulness of arriving at a suitable landing place. On Moturua Island you will disembark and visit a collection of beaches each with its own unique archaeological historical perspective. Moturua was host to some early French explorers, a significant farming operation supplying milk to the mainland, a substantial defence battery and barracks, an underground network of bunkers communication and water reservoir. Along the way between beaches the walk allows you to take in some of the re-introduced wildlife, spectacular views about the Bay. The last beach visited is one of the earliest known landing sites of voyaging Polynesians. Diggings have revealed a collection of artifacts dated back to approximately 1320. Once back on board a relaxed sail back to Russell with a nice cuppa tea.

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8 Pukehuia magic and Whangamumu Whaling Walk (includes making your own Kawakawa balm)

Sun 18th

Basics

Saturday 18th October 7.30 am

Duration 8 hours

Distance 8 km
Grade hard
Cost Adult $40, Child $25 (includes transport, and activities)

Maximum walkers 20

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Details

This spectacular walk is one of heart stopping vistas and rich history.

From Russell you take a forty-minute bus ride out to Rawhiti which is the start of your walk.

Before we start walking though, we will start with a bit of magic. You will participate in a local activity – making your own magical potion from the therapeutic kawakawa leaf! That is the easy part!

Then it is a climb up Pukehuia. Do not be put off by the “hard” rating, it’s well worth it, and only hard because of a few hills – but no steps!!

Pukehuia is a significant maunga or mountain, on the landscape of the southern arm of the Bay of islands, Ipipiri. The first hour is spent ascending through native bush to the high point with frequent stops for rests and photographs. The stop at the top is an opportunity to bunch the group up again and fill the water bottles – perfect for that ultimate photo of the Bay of Islands!

The hard yards complete the rest of the walk journeys down a south facing ridge with a young kauri grove mingled with mature podocarp and broadleaf forming the canopy. Witness the recovery from pest control efforts, enjoy views of distant Mimiwhangata and the horizontal Poor Knights.

You join up with the Whangamumu track which takes you to the Whangamumu Whaling Station which was the only one in the world that caught whales with nets, and it was Northland’s longest running and most successful station. Today the physical remains at Whangamumu represent the last factory based whaling station in Northland. The remaining historic structures include vats or tanks that held whale oil, the slipway on the beach front, and the old boiler. It is an eerie and intriguing place to visit.

You have the option to descend to the relics of the whaling station or spend time above the harbour enjoying the views before turning your back to the ocean and descending down the old farm track to Tangatapū Wetland, a local restoration project of replanting. Always keeping an eye out for the elusive fern bird – often heard but not seen!

9 Kotikoti Pa Walk

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Basics

Sunday 18th October – 8.30am 

Duration 4 hours

Distance 7 kms

Grade hard

Cost Adult $20, Child $10

Maximum walkers – 20

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Details

This spectacular walk is on private land which is opened for the Walking Weekend.  A perfect opportunity to do something you cannot do the rest of the year!  This walk takes its name from the Maori Pā Site you will visit on the walk.

You walk from the Walking Weekend HQ to the back eastern corner of town and leaving the road you enter private property with an introduction to a land under transition. Walk through the lush canopy of regenerating coastal forest with distant views along the way…these are snippets to the final spectacular vista of the outer Bay of Islands. 

Settling down to enjoy your morning tea or lunch and the views as the guides point out areas of interest at your feet from Moturoa island, the second largest island, the stunning lava formation of the Black Rocks, the distant northern entrance of Tikitiki through compass north to the clump of eastern islands and the magnificent Cape Brett peninsula with the peaks of Rakaumangamanga and Pukehuia. The walk ends walking the length of Long Beach, Oneroa, before rising over the hill into town and back to the Club for refreshments.

10 Te Araroa Taster

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Basics

Saturday 17th October

Start 8.00am

Duration walking 5 to 6 hours

Plus 30-minute bus ride to the start and 45 mins back to HQ

Distance 10km

Cost Adult $50.00, Child $25 (includes transport)

Grade Medium

Maximum walkers 12

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Details

Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Long Trail passes through the Bay of Islands. This walk extends from Cape Reinga to Bluff. One of the walks of Te Araroa is called “Russell Forest Track” and is one of the highlights of Te Araroa. Expect to get wet boots on this track, as 4km of the track is in the beautiful  Papakauri Stream, where you will be boulder-hopping or simply wading through reflective pools overhung with young totara.

It’ll take longer than you think, and at this time of the year the water could be cold, so wear appropriate clothing and bring a change of clothes for when we are out of the water. Roughly 4 km is in water and 6 km out of it! Poles are a good idea too! (Please note: organisers reserve the right to take you on another walk should the weather not be appropriate as this walk should not be attempted during or after heavy rain!)

11 Opua Forest – Papatuanuku Earth Mother Tours – Short walk

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Basics

Friday 16th October

Start time 12.30pm

Return HQ 5:00pm

 Duration – walking time – 2hrs

Grade – easy

Cost: Adult $50, Child $30 (includes transport, ferry and bush snacks and herbal teas)

Maximum walkers – 11

Meet at the Russell Bowling Club

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Details

Experience an exclusive Māori cultural guided tour through an amazing native kauri forest.

Leave Russell and catch the ferry to Paihia where you will be met by Stella from Papatūānuku Earth Mother Tours, she will take you on an informative, educational short walk through a native Kauri forest in the Opua State Forest where you will learn how traditional Maori once used the forest to live and support their growing families.  She will share her knowledge of the birds the trees and the insects and show you how her ancestors used the different plants and trees to make their clothing, medicines, musical instruments, and many other things.

She will also show you how things are quite different now and how once the forest was trapped to sustain life and now how it needs to be trapped to save the creatures in it. Learn about the community’s mammoth effort in taking out over 11,000 pests and the explosion of native wildlife that followed, particularly the magnificent Northern Green geckos, kiwi, wood pigeons, tomtits, owls, and so much more.

At the end of the walk Stella will find a lovely spot to for you to sit, relax and enjoy some homemade Maori fry bread with local honey and herbal tea. Stella will drop back at the Bay Belle ferry for your return to Russell!

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11a Opua Forest Traverse

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Basics

Saturday 17th October

Start time 08:30am

Return HQ 2.45pm

Duration – walking time – 5hrs

Grade – Fairly hard

Cost: Adult $50, Child $30 (includes transport, ferry and bush snacks and herbal teas)

Maximum walkers – 11

Meet at the Russell Bowling Club

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Details

Leave Russell and catch the ferry to Paihia where you will be met by Stella from Papatūānuku Earth Mother Tours, she will take you on an informative, educational short walk through a native Kauri forest in the Opua State Forest where you will learn how traditional Maori once used the forest to live and support their growing families. She will share her knowledge of the birds the trees and the insects and show you how her ancestors used the different plants and trees to make their clothing, medicines, musical instruments, and many other things.

She will also show you how things are different now and how once the forest was trapped to sustain life and now how it needs to be trapped to save the creatures in it.

Stella will drop you with Brad from Bay Bush Action who will take you on the Oromahoe Traverse, a medium to hard walk, a unique opportunity to walk this ancient trail used by Māori for hundreds of years, that runs right through the heart of the stunning Opua State Forest. Learn about the community’s mammoth effort in taking out over 11,000 pests and the explosion of native wildlife that followed, particularly the magnificent Northern Green geckos, kiwi, wood pigeons, tomtits, owls, and so much more.

At the end of the walk Stella will meet you and you can all relax and enjoy some homemade Maori fry bread with local honey and herbal tea. Stella will drop back at the Bay Belle ferry for your return to Russell!

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12 Haruru Falls kayak and walk

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Basics

Saturday 17th Oct  9.15am .  Arrive back in Russell at 3.45pm.

Duration – There is approximately 2 hours of kayaking and 2 hours of walk, the extra time is 30mins each way on the ferry and a break to have lunch. 
Grade – Easy to Medium. 
Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Maximum walkers – 20

Cost: Adult $70, Child $50 (includes ferry and kayak tour)

Details

Catch a ferry from Russell to Waitangi. To make the most of high tide and kayaking through the mangrove forest you will kayak up the Waitangi River – the kayak is a relaxing paddle up the sheltered waters of the historic Waitangi River, experience the amazing unique horseshoe shaped Haruru waterfall with a chance of exploring the fascinating mangrove forest.  Your guides will share with you fauna, flora, local history, and Maori legends while being your personal photographers.  Walking back from the falls you follow the Waitangi inlet, with impressive views peeking out through native bush, walk across bridges and the boardwalk through our beautiful mangrove forest.  The ferry will take you back to Russell from Waitangi.

No experience required, suitable for all.

13 Mana, Missionaries and Mayhem

Fri 16th

Basics

Fri 16th  Oct, 2.00pm

Distance 4km

Duration 3.5hours

Cost Adult $30, Child $10 (includes a refreshment at the Duke, and the tour of Pompallier Mission)

Grade – Medium (a hike up Maiki Hill – this is optional)

Category – Family friendly – all ages.

Maximum walkers – 20

Details

Take the ultimate tour of Russell taking in some of the most significant landmarks and hearing the captivating stories, before finishing up enjoying a cold drink at the iconic Duke of Marlborough Hotel which has been refreshing rascals and reprobates since 1827.

Russell (Kororareka as it was then known) was once the main trading port in Aotearoa, with the infamous reputation as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’. Home to American whalers and traders of all nations, it was a scene of ‘uncivilised behaviour’ described by Charles Darwin in his visit to New Zealand in 1835 as ‘the land of cannibalism, murder and all atrocious crimes’. It is anything but that today as your guided walk of this enchanting seaside town will soon reveal. Indeed, alongside this picture of ‘vice’ ran the voice of ‘virtue’ as Missionaries sought to convert local Maori (and anyone else who would listen) to Christianity.

Without giving to much away you will hike up magnificent Maiki Hill where a party led by the famed Maori chief Hone Heke felled the flagstaff for the final time in 1845 before burning the town to the ground.  New Zealand’s oldest surviving church (Christ Church – where bullet holes from musket fire of the Northern Wars can still be seen in its walls) and a tour of New Zealand’s oldest factory (the Printery, Tannery and Bindery at Pompallier Mission) before finishing with a taste at New Zealand’s oldest licensed hotel – the Duke of Marlborough. 

The stories that you hear will change your mind about how you view the shores of Russell steeped in so much history.

14 Russell Club Walk

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Basics

Fri 16th  Oct 3:30 pm

Duration – 4 hour

Distance 2km

Cost – free

GRADE: easy

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Maximum walkers – 20

Details

An introduction to the heart of the Russell community, walk between the clubs, stopping for a drink and some fascinating stories. Visit the Boating club, sitting right on the water’s edge, threatening to float way with sea level rising. The Swordfish club located upstairs on the waterfront which is the oldest game fishing club in New Zealand is a must do when you visit the Bay of Islands.  The RSA is full of its own history of fighting for survival. And of course, we have the Bowling Club which is an integral part of the community. Take in the photographic history and hear the stories behind the memorabilia which help keep our town alive.  Once you have visited each club and appraised each menu you can return for dinner and a cosy night in with the locals.

15 Rakaumangamanga 

Cape Brett Lighthouse Overnight Walk

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Basics

Friday 16th October  – 8.00 am

Return Saturday 17th October – 2pm pick up Deep Water Cove

Duration 28 hours – walking time 3 hours each way

Distance 6km each way

Grade hard

Cost $220 – includes dinner, breakfast, lunch, accommodation, guides and water taxis

Maximum walkers – 20

Category – not suitable for children, but we have had some fit kids on this so speak to us first.

Details

This must be one of the best hikes in New Zealand – a must do!  A difficult but totally rewarding walk… enjoy outstanding views of the outer Bay of Islands, north to the Cavalli Islands and south to Whangaruru and beyond to the Poor Knights Islands, while taking in the peace and tranquillity that only isolation can provide. 

Cape Brett the Guiding light: The light at the end of Cape Brett/Rakaumangamanga has guided and protected visitors to New Zealand for hundreds of years. The light reflecting off the crystalline rocks once helped guide the earliest waka to a safe landfall in this new homeland. For the last 100 years the Cape Brett lighthouse has lit and protected the coast for all seafarers.

Starting our day with a boat ride out to Maunganui Bay, which is a gorgeous experience, travelling by water through the Bay of Islands.  Walkers begin with a climb from the once established fishing village known as Deep Water Cove, up through forest under restoration and intense pest control. Search for native orchids along the track edges, pass over an extensive pā with terracing and kumara pits concealed under the canopy. As the forest reaches the cliff edge you can rest up and enjoy lunch as you catch your first sight of the challenge ahead.   You will see evidence of the pest control operation with the regrowth of plant species, presence of Fantail, Wood Pigeon, Pied Tit and Tui. 

The walk itself is an introduction to hard yakka with great rewards, gasping for breath from both exertion and extreme views. Upon reaching the iconic lighthouse above Motukokako or Piercy Island, the home of the Hole in the Rock, you will look down on your accommodation for the night.  

The house is comfortable with bunk rooms, and the kitchen has cooking facilities and is fitted out with long wooden tables – the perfect spot to swap tramping stories. Down at the hut you can unburden your back, empty your pack, make up your bunk, and enjoy whatever refreshments you may have carried out with you while taking in the peace and tranquillity that only isolation can provide. Then as the sun sets through the windows the guides will be busy preparing your evening meal.

The following morning after an adequate breakfast, a slightly lighter pack and time on your side, trek back over familiar territory with new views back to Maunganui Bay, where your lunch will mysteriously appear ahead of your boat trip back to the Club headquarters.

You will need to bring; lunch for first day and water, sleeping bag, pillowcase, plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork, spoon, tramping boots, wet weather gear, any refreshments and of course a sense of humour!

Each year it has been challenging with sea conditions to get people picked up at Cape Brett, so we have refined the existing walk to increase the chances of achievement, by catching your boat transport in the calm Deep Water Cove. A little more to carry in your pack made up of supplies for your overnight adventure, balanced by less distance to cover but still saving the best to last.  The views and effort are hard to beat. This sold out last year so be sure to book early. 

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16 The Whalers Walk

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Basics

Sun 18th October 10.30am

Duration – 1 hour

Distance 2km

Cost Adult $10, Child $5

GRADE: easy

Category: Family Friendly – all ages

Mobility scooter/wheelchair friendly

Maximum walkers – 20

Details

A walk and talk led by Lindsay Alexander around Russell. Lindsay will captivate you and take you back in time – you can see the ships in the bay, hear the shouts of the men and almost smell the bustling streets.  Included is a stop at Christ Church to learn about some of the characters buried there and a visit to Russell’s museum which houses a refurbished whaling boat. Lindsay has been researching the Bay of Islands’ whaling history for six years and has published books on the subject.

17 Paihia lookout & Charlottes Kitchen

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Basics

Sunday 18th Oct, 10.30am

Cost – Adult $40, Child $30 (includes lunch and ferry)

Grade  Medium

Maximum walkers – 20

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Details

Ferry from Russell to Paihia, where your walk starts 700m from the centre of Paihia.  This is a pleasant walk that is 4km return (2km each way) through regenerating native forest to a viewpoint overlooking the bay. From the viewpoint you can see the Bay from Opua to Waitangi and over the Russell peninsula to Urupukapuka Island and Cape Brett in the distance.  Meander back down to Charlottes Kitchen which is situated on the end of the Paihia Wharf for one of their superb lunches.  The perfect way to finish the Bay of Islands Walking Weekend.

18 Night time walk

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Basics

Friday 16th October   6.30pm

Duration 1.5 hours

Distance 2km

Cost Adult $15, Child $10
Grade Medium

Maximum walkers – 20

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Details

A short walk through the streets of Russell, an introduction to the wildlife and of the efforts of the community to enhance the flora and fauna of the peninsula. Then listen for the evening chorus of tui and weka, before, with torch in hand, you venture down the trail into the forest to listen for kiwi and ruru. Along the way visit the glow worms, before enjoying the stars from Maiki hill and views of Russell at night. 

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20 Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Bike and Hike

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Basics

Sat 17th October 8.00am

Duration – 8 hours

Distance – 8km walking, 3km train, 11km cycling

Cost – Adult $75, Child $65
Grade – Easy

Maximum walkers – 13

Category – Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Details

Meeting at the Bowling Club to catch a minibus for the short ride to the car ferry for the 5-minute ride from Okiato to Opua.  From Opua you walk 8km along the scenic Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail. This walk takes in beautiful marina, mangrove, estuary and river views. You’ll experience the old train tunnel and of course the Taumarere Long Bridge.

At Taumarere Long Bridge there is a small railway station that services the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trains.  Here you will catch one of the trains for the last 3km into Kawakawa.  The vintage trains travel through the main street, State Highway 1, the only place in NZ where this happens!

There are cafes, a small supermarket, museum, art gallery and plenty of craft and gift shops. The perfect toilet stop in Kawakawa is the World Famous Hundertwasser toilet.

Have lunch in Kawakawa and a wander around before meeting the Twin Coast Cycle Trail Transport collect your bike and enjoy the 11km cycle back to Opua.

The trail is flat and has an even surface – great for walking and cycling.

Geocaching in Russell 
Basics
This is a free activity there are no charges.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend will launch its own, brand new, Geocache adventure. Prizes and prestige waits for the first to complete the journey. More details can be found at The Duke of Marlborough Tavern – the Bay of Islands Walking Weekend headquarters.

Please note:

All walks depart from the Russell Bowling Club