Please note:

All walks depart from the Russell Bowling Club

Our guides are all passionate and knowledgeable about the Bay of Islands area and bring something special to the walking experience. Each walk has no more than 20 people. Our HQ is the Russell Bowling Club where people can meet, chat about their day and have something to eat and drink. Russell is a fantastic base for the weekend with lots of great restaurants, places to stay and for the non-walkers out there.  We are very excited about this weekend and the great walking experiences there are here in the Bay of Islands. Time to get your walking boots out of the cupboard and join us in the Bay of Islands.

If you have any trouble booking or have any queries please contact us HERE

Walk 1 – Marsden Cross and The Landing Vineyard

Sat 14th

Basics

Saturday 14th October

Assemble HQ: 8.00 am

Depart: 8.30 am

Transport Return: 3 pm

Return to HQ approx: 4.30 pm

Duration: 8 hours of boating and walking

Distance: up to 6 km

Grade: Easy to medium

Maximum Walkers 45 (The group will be split in several groups for walking purposes)

Category – Adult friendly (18+ only)

Cost: $245pp (includes transport by launch, guided walk, 2 course lunch and wine tasting)

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

Board the Island Getaway Launch which will take you to Marsden Cross, New Zealand’s first planned European settlement where Māori and Europeans lived side by side.  NZ’s very first Christmas Day was celebrated at Marsden Cross in 1814.  

The Landing is a special place that sits within 1000 acres of native bush, wetland, bird sanctuary and farmland, and we have been give special access to walk some of their wetland area and historical sites before arriving at “The Boathouse” for a two course lunch with wine tasting of course!

The food at The Landing is spectacular and of the highest quality.  The Landing Wines are known for their beautifully crafted tropical fruit and mineral flavours, given depth and complexity by Northland’s long, warm summers and coastal aspect. From vine to bottle, every step of the wine-making process takes place on site, starting in their 23-acre vineyard and finishing at their state-of-the-art winery.

A fantastic opportunity to visit this special place and enjoy the hospitality on offer

Basics

Saturday 14th October

Assemble HQ: 8.30 am

Depart: 8.45 am

Return to HQ: approx 3 pm

Duration: 6 Hours

Distance: 17 km

Grade: Hard

Maximum walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost: $35  (includes both ferries and guided walk)

Please note: this is part of the Omata Estate walks and the Fours Walks in One.

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

Leaving Russell, you head towards Okiato, which is the site of New Zealand’s first capital.  Walk along stunning mangrove boardwalks and then into the bush where the terrain is more challenging.  Catch the car ferry from Okiato to Opua.   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!

The Paroa Bay Vineyard Walks 

There are 2 Pāroa Bay Vineyard walks.

The same lovely walk but a slight variation when you arrive:

Dinner – Friday (13th Oct)
Lunch – Thursday/Saturday (12th & 14th Oct)

Walk 3 – The Pāroa Bay Vineyard – Friday Wine and Dine.

Fri 13th

Basics

Friday 13th October

Assemble at HQ:12.30pm

Depart HQ: 1.00 pm

Return to HQ: approx. 9.00 pm (transport leaves at 8.15pm)

Duration:  4.5 hours walking plus dining time.

Distance:  10km

Grade: Medium to hard  

Maximum walkers:  16

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost:  $140 – includes guided walk, dinner, glass of wine (18+ only) or non-alcoholic drink, plus transport

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

It’s a short 15 minute ride in a minibus to the start of the walk which is over private land.  

Pāroa Bay Vineyard is a stunning family-owned boutique vineyard with traditional handmade, sustainable wines, and to top it off they have Sage Restaurant which is perched high above the idyllic Bay of Islands for a bird’s eye view. 

The 5 km walk out, over private land, includes panoramic views of the Bay of Islands. The destination is Kahuwera Pā, a pā that features strongly in the history of the Bay of Islands.

The 5 km walk back, which is different to the way in, has Sage Restaurant as the destination.

 Pāroa Bay vineyard makes their wine 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.

The walk finishes with a three course meal which is a shared menu and includes glass of Pāroa Bay wine (or non-alcoholic drink).  


The menu will look something like this.

APERITIFS

  • Warmed Mediterranean olives selection.
  • Smoked Far North fish paté, toasted baguette, kelp powder, endive salad, nasturtium oil.
  • Orongo Bay oysters, natural with shallot & sherry vinegar.

MAINS

  • Green pea risotto, crispy shallot, lemon, hemp seed oil.
  • New Zealand “Ora King” salmon fillet, glazed young vegetables, Pāroa Bay 2017 red wine butter sauce, surf clams, bitter greens.
  • 12-Hour slow braised lamb neck, New Zealand piripiri paste, tahini yoghurt, pickled kale, warmed flat bread.
  • Including a selection of sides to accompany.

DESSERTS

  • Cheese board with a selection of local award-winning cheeses, sour dough baguette, figs jam.
  • House-made tiramisu plate with mascarpone, “Tohora” coffee, chocolate, Kahlúa liquor and French macarons.

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!

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Walk 4 – The Pāroa Bay Vineyard – Walk and Lunch

Thurs 12th  & Sat 14th

Basics

Thursday 12th & Saturday 14th  

Assemble HQ:  7.30 am

Depart HQ: 8.00 am

Return to HQ: – approx. 2.30 pm (bus leaves at 2.15 pm)

Duration: 4.5 hours walking plus dining time.

Distance: 10 km

Grade:  Medium to hard 

Maximum walkers: 16

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost:  $120 – includes a guided walk, lunch, a glass of wine (18+ only) or non-alcoholic drink, plus transport

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

It’s a short 15 minute ride in a minibus to the start of the walk which is over private land.  

Pāroa Bay Vineyard is a stunning family-owned boutique vineyard with traditional handmade, sustainable wines, and to top it off they have Sage Restaurant which is perched high above the idyllic Bay of Islands for a birds eye view. 

The 5 km walk out, over private land, includes panoramic views of the Bay of Islands. The destination is Kahuwera Pā, a pā that features strongly in the history of the Bay of Islands.

The 5 km walk back, which is different to the way in, has Sage Restaurant as the destination.

Pāroa Bay vineyard makes their wine 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. 

The walk finishes with a 2 course lunch which is a shared menu and a glass of Pāroa Bay wine (or non-alcoholic drink).  

The menu will look something like this.

APERITIFS

  • Warmed Mediterranean olives selection
  • Smoked Far North fish paté, toasted baguette, kelp powder, endive salad, nasturtium oil
  • Orongo Bay oysters, natural with shallot & sherry vinegar

MAINS

  • Green pea risotto, crispy shallot, lemon, hemp seed oil
  • New Zealand “Ora King” salmon fillet, glazed young vegetables, Pāroa Bay 2017 red wine butter sauce, surf clams, bitter greens
  • 12-Hour slow braised lamb neck, New Zealand piripiri paste, tahini yoghurt, pickled kale, warmed flat bread

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!

Walk 5 – Private View Estates- NEW

Sat 14th

Basics

Saturday 14th October

Assemble HQ: 8.00 am

Depart HQ: 8.30 am

Return to HQ:  12 noon

Duration: 3 hour walk, bus 10 minutes each way

Distance: 6km

Grade: Medium

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Maximum Walkers: 16

Cost: $30 – includes guided walk and transport

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

This walk is only available during the Bay of Islands Walking Weekend. Encompassing two very different estates, one a future golf course/lifestyle area and the other a working farm.

You will be driven out to the estates to walk 6 km before being driven back.

The first half has scenic views over the golf course and Orongo Bay looking across to Waitangi. Yes there are hills, but the climbs are gentle!

For the second half you need supporting footwear to navigate the paddocks which can have carved hoof marks! The views here are over to the Opua Marina, the Waikare Inlet and farmland.

Please bring some morning tea to have near the unique barn which is used for special occasions and events.

We will return to Russell by lunchtime so you can enjoy the ambience of the place.

Omata Estate Vineyard Walks

There are 3 Omata Vineyard Walks to choose from each day – but you end up at the same destination for each walk:

9km walk – Russell to Omata – WALK 6
3km walk – Okiato to Omata – WALK 7
A walk for non-walkers who want to join their partners and friends at the weekend, or want to experience the Omata hospitality but don’t walk long distances. – WALK 8

Walk 6 – Omata Estate Vineyard from Russell – 9 km

Fri 13th & Sat 14th

Friday 13th – Evening – wine tasting, and delicious wood fired homemade pizza!

Saturday 14th Afternoon – wine tasting and sumptuous platters

Basics

Friday 13th October

Assemble HQ: 2.30pm

Depart: 3.00pm

Arrive: about 6.00pm at Omata Vineyard for wood fired homemade pizza and wine tasting.

Depart: 7.30 – 8pm (takes approx. 15 mins)

Duration: 3 Hours walking

Distance: 9 kms

Grade: Medium to hard. A couple of steep hills

Maximum Walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost:  $65 includes guided walk, wood fired pizza, wine tasting (18+ only) and transport back

Saturday 14th October

Assemble HQ: 10.00 am

Depart HQ: 10.30 am

Arrive: about 1 – 1.30 pm for platters of food and wine tasting.

Depart: From 3.00pm (takes approx. 15 minutes)

Duration: 3 Hours walking

Distance: 9 km

Grade: Medium to hard. A couple of steep hills

Maximum Walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost:  Adult $65 includes a guided walk, platters of food, wine tasting (18+ only) and transport back

 

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
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 wooden 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.

It is a lovely 9km walk – through Russell township, across mangrove boardwalks, through native bush and has coastal views.

Includes wine tasting and beautiful food, and each wine tasting goes through 5 different varietals of wine all grown on the property.

Catching a mini bus back to HQ at the end of it all.

It’s a hard choice!!

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Walk 7 – Omata Estate Vineyard from Okiato – 3km

Fri 13th

Friday 13th Evening – wine tasting, and delicious wood fired homemade pizza! 

Basics

Friday 13th October

Assemble HQ: 3.30 pm

Depart: 4.00 pm

Arrive: about 6.00 pm at Omata Vineyard for wood fired pizza and wine tasting.

Depart: 7.30 – 8 pm

Return to HQ: approx. 8.15 pm

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours walking

Distance: 3 km

Grade: Medium to hard. A couple of steep hills

Maximum walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost:  $65 includes a guided walk, wood fired pizza, wine tasting (18+ only) and transport

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
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 wooden 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.

It is a beautiful 3km walk – you take a 10 minute mini bus ride to Okiato, walk through native bush and enjoy coastal views.

All walks include wine tasting and beautiful food.  Wine tasting goes through 5 different varietals of wine all grown on the property. Catching a mini bus back to HQ at the end of it all.

It’s a hard choice!!

Walk 8 – Omata Estate Vineyard – Non-Walkers

Fri 13th & Sat 14th

Basics

Friday 13th

Assemble HQ: 4 pm

Depart HQ: 4.30 pm

Wine tasting and woodfired pizza around 6 pm

Depart: 7.30 – 8 pm

Arrive HQ: 15 minutes later.

Duration: 3hours

Distance: 2 km walking at a very slow pace through the vineyard! 

Grade: Easy

Maximum walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost: $65 includes food, wine tasting (18+ only) and transport both ways

Saturday 14th

Assemble HQ: 11.30 am

Depart HQ: 12 noon

Arrive: at 12.15 Wine Tasting and platters 1 – 1.30 pm

Depart From: 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm

Return to HQ: approx. 3.15 pm

Duration: 3hours

Distance: 2 km walking at a very slow pace through the vineyard! 

Grade: Easy

Maximum walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost:  $65 includes food, wine tasting (18+ only) and transport both ways

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
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.

An optional 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.

Walk 9 – Kotikoti Walk – over private land

Fri 13th & Sun 15thbook here3

Basics

Friday 13th & Sunday 15th

Assemble HQ: 8.30 am

Depart HQ: 9.00 am

Return time: approx. 12.30 pm

Duration: 4 hours

Distance: 7 km

Grade: Hard

Maximum Walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost: $20 (includes guided walk)

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there
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! 

Walk from HQ through town to enter the walk with regenerating coastal forest with distant views along the way finishing with a spectacular vista of the outer Bay of Islands. 

You can see Moturoa 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 by walking the length of Long Beach, Oneroa, before walking over the hill to return to HQ.

Walk 10 – Moturua Island – By launch

Sat 14th

Basics

Saturday 14th

Assemble HQ:  9.30 am

Depart HQ: 10 am (arrive Moturua Island 10.30am)

Return to Russell Wharf:  2p m (depart Moturua Island at 1.30 pm)

Duration: 30 minutes each way on launch, 3 hours on island

Distance: 5 km walking

Grade: Medium

Maximum Walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost: $75 (includes guided walk and return trip by launch)

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

Travelling aboard a commercial launch to Moturua Island through the beautiful Bay of Islands.  Once at Moturua Island you will disembark for fantastic walking with prolific birdlife, many of the beaches have their own unique archaeological historical perspective. A beach you visit is one of the earliest known landing sites of voyaging Polynesians. Diggings have revealed a collection of artefacts dated back to approximately 1320.

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.  Enjoy the fantastic birdlife and views.

Walk 11 – Moturua Island Song the Kiwi way with Barefoot Sailing Adventures – NEW

Fri 13th & Sun 15th

Basics

Friday 13th & Sunday 15th

Assemble HQ: 9.00 am

Depart HQ: 9.30 am from the wharf

Return to HQ: approx. 4.30 pm

Duration: 7 hours, 2 hours sailing each way, 3 hours on the island

Distance: 5 km walking

Grade: Medium

Maximum walkers: 14

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost: $150 includes sailing charter, guided walk and a packed lunch

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

Kopiko is a spacious catamaran and a comfortable cruiser with a flat bottom, happily skipping along the waves at a gentle pace and eagerly awaiting a good stiff breeze where she comes into her own.  The experienced and qualified team will take you on a modern-day environmentally-conscious sailing adventure to Moturua Island.

Once at Moturua Island you will disembark for fantastic walking with prolific birdlife, many of the beaches have their  own unique archaeological historical perspective. A beach you visit is one of the earliest known landing sites of voyaging Polynesians. Diggings have revealed a collection of artefacts dated back to approximately 1320.

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.  Enjoy the fantastic birdlife and views.

Lunch is included and is a deli sandwich, fruit, lamington cake, muesli bar and potato chips. 

Tea and coffee is provided on the way out, and a cold drink on the way home

Walk 12 – Four walks in one!  – 21km

Sat 14th

Basics

Saturday 14th October

Assemble HQ: 7.15 am

Depart HQ: 7.30 am ferry at 7.45 am

Return to HQ: approx. 5.00 pm (transport at 4.30 pm)

Duration: 8 Hours

Distance: 21 km

Grade: Hard

Maximum walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – children 10 years plus

Cost: $35 – includes guided walk and both ferries

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there
Details

Due to popular demand, we have introduced a longer walk. (Please note this walk includes sections of 4 of our individual walks)

Catch the passenger from Russell to Paihia and walk four walks in one!

The first part is the Paihia School Road Lookout.

A pleasant 2km climb to a view of the Bay of Islands. 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.

The second part of the walk is the Oromahoe Traverse (no longer part of the programme), 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.

The third part of the walk includes some metal road walking and the stunning Opua Kauri Walk (no longer part of the programme). The kauri walk is  a short but delightful stroll, partly on boardwalk through groves of kauri to an elevated lookout platform and bench seat. Once at the lookout you will be surrounded by kauri trees of different ages – from young rickers up to 25 years old to more mature trees of about 400 years in age.

Returning to the road we walk down Oromahoe road to join the fourth part of our walk – a section of the Opua to Paihia coastal walkway – which is part of the Full Circle Walk. Wonderful views of Veronica Channel can be seen here along with a stunning mangrove boardwalk.

You will feel a great sense of achievement as you catch the passenger ferry from Paihia to Russell again. After all – you will have walked around 21 km!!! A half marathon!!!

Walk 13 – Mana, Missionaries and Mayhem

Fri 13th

Basics

Friday 13th

Assemble HQ: 11.30 am

Depart HQ: 12 noon.

Conclude at the Duke at 3.30 pm for a drink.

Duration: 4 hours

Distance: 4km

Grade: Medium (a hike up Maiki Hill)

Maximum walkers: 12

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost: Adult $30 – includes a guided walk, a refreshment at the Duke, and the tour of Pompallier Mission

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

The ultimate tour of Russell – significant landmarks and captivating stories! Finishing up enjoying a cold drink at the iconic Duke of Marlborough Hotel which has been refreshing rascals and reprobates since 1827.

Russell (Kororāreka 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.

Includes an eye-opening walk around Russell, entry into and a tour of Pompallier Mission and Printery and a drink at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Walk 14 – Russell Club Walk – Humour is the heart of Russell

Fri 13thbook here3

Basics

Friday 13th

Assemble HQ: 3.30 pm

Depart HQ: 4.00 pm

Return to HQ: 8.00 pm

Duration: 4 hours

Distance: 2km

GRADE: Easy

Maximum walkers:  20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost: Free includes a guided walk

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there
Details

An introduction to the heart of the Russell community, walk between the clubs, stopping for a drink and some fascinating stories.

  • The Russell 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.
  • 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.

Walk 15 – Rakaumangmanga – Cape Brett Lighthouse overnight walk

Fri 13th
Assemble HQ 8.00 am Friday 13th, return Saturday Russell 12.30pmbook here3

Basics

Friday 13th October

Assemble HQ: 8.00 am

Depart:  Russell Wharf 9.00 am, arrive Deep Water Cove 10.30 am

Saturday 14th

Depart:  Deep Water Cove 11.30am, arrive back in Russell 12.30pm

Duration: 28 hours – walking time 3 hours each way

Distance: 6km each way

Grade: Hard

Maximum walkers: 20

Category: not suitable for children, but we have had some older teenagers who are fine so please contact us first

Cost: $250 – includes dinner, breakfast, morning tea (2nd Day), accommodation, guides and water taxis

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there
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 through the Bay of islands to Maunganui Bay (Deep Water Cove). 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 – responsible for the regrowth of plant species, presence of fantail, wood pigeon, pied tit and tui.  Search for native orchids along the track edges, pass over an extensive pā with terracing and kumara pits concealed under the canopy.

The walk is very hard with great rewards, gasping for breath from both exertion and extreme views. Upon reaching the iconic lighthouse above Motukōkako or Piercy Island, the home of the Hole in the Rock, you can see the DOC hut you stay in.

The house has bunk rooms, 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. Dinner is a shared 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, for morning tea and a boat trip back to Russell. 

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!

This walk is HARD, you need a good level of fitness and be able to carry an overnight backpack.

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Walk 16 – The Whalers Walk

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Basics

Sunday 15th

Assemble HQ: 10.30 am

Depart HQ: 11.00 am

Return to HQ: 1 pm

Duration: 2 hours

Distance: 2km

GRADE: Easy

Maximum walkers: 20

Category: Family Friendly – all ages

Mobility scooter/wheelchair friendly.  

Cost: Free includes guided walk and talk

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there
Details

A walk and talk led by Lindsay Alexander an expert in his field.  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.  Lindsay has been researching the Bay of Islands’ whaling history for many years and has published books on the subject.

Walk 17 – Paihia Lookout and Charlotte’s Kitchen

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Basics

Sunday 15th

Assemble HQ: 10.30 am

Depart: 10.45 am (ferry to Paihia)

Back at HQ:  by 2.45 pm

Duration: 4 hours

Distance: 4 km return

Grade: Medium

Maximum walkers: – 20

Cost: $40 – includes a guided walk, lunch and a drink (wine/beer/non-alcoholic/coffee) and ferry

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

Ferry from Russell to Paihia, where your walk starts 700m from the centre of Paihia.  This is a pleasant walk that is 4 km return (2 km each way) through regenerating native forest to a viewpoint overlooking the bay. From the viewpoint you can see the Bay from Ōpua to Waitangi and over the Russell peninsula to Urupukapuka Island and Cape Brett in the distance. 

Meander back down to Charlotte’s Kitchen which is situated on the end of the Paihia Wharf in a superb spot for one of their lovely lunches.  Lunch will be in the delicious Asian fusion style they are well known for. Delicious dumplings, pork bao buns to name a few of the treats on offer. The perfect way to finish the Bay of Islands Walking Weekend

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Walk 18 – PhatHouse Brewery and River Walk – New

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Basics

Friday 13th

Assemble HQ: 10.15 am

Return to HQ: approx. 6 pm

Duration: 3.5 hours walking

Distance: 10km

Grade: Medium

Maximum walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost: $75 includes return ferry, guided walk, Phat House Brewery Tour, wood fired pizza and beer tasting (18+ only) or a non alcoholic drink, return transport from PhatHouse Brewery.

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there
Details

Enjoy a ferry ride from Russell to Paihia, before you start your walk along the waterfront in Paihia to Waitangi and the start of the Haruru Falls track,  which is a sheltered track full of bird-watching, local history and stunning views. Walking to the horseshoe shaped Haruru Falls, which means to roar or big noise in Te Reo Māori.

Arriving at PhatHouse Brewery at 2pm for a 1 hour tour that includes a behind the scenes tour of the brewery, a brief history of PhatHouse Brewing Co. and how our present building became the brewery & Bar it is today. They also give insights as to what is involved in the brewing process and there is the opportunity to smell the hops, taste the grains and taste the beer directly from the tank! A tasting paddle is also included with the tour.  Well worth it with this entertaining and passionate crew of brewers.

Following the tour enjoy a wood fired pizza in the lovely surrounds.

Walk 19 – Twin Coast Cycle Trail – Walk and Bike

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Basics

Thursday 12th & Saturday 14th

Assemble HQ: 8.30 am

Depart: 9.00 am ferry to catch 9.15 am shuttle from Paihia wharf

Return to HQ: approx. 5.00 pm

Duration: 8 hours

Distance: 7.5km walking, 14km cycling

Grade: Medium (walking) must be able to ride a bike, the cycle trail is graded as easy.

Maximum participants: 9

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost:  $130 (Includes guided walk, bike hire of standard bikes, transport (x3), ferries)

There is an option to upgrade to an e-bike for an additional $50.

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there
Details

Catch the passenger ferry from Russell to Paihia.  From Paihia a van will take you to a section of the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail (approx 30 min drive).

Walking first – through the Utakura Valley where you will have lunch at the picnic spot by the river. You will pass through pūriri and kāhikatea tree forests and follow meandering streams. If you are lucky you will find the native orchid in flower.

After lunch, you will be transported back to Okaihau so you can cycle the 14 km trail to Kaikohe.  It is a scenic ride, passing through lovely farmland, Lake Ōmāpere and a tunnel.  It’s a slight uphill to start with, then its level and downhill!

At Kaikohe your transport will await you, so you can be transported back to Paihia, where you will have the opportunity to explore Paihia and return to Russell on the passenger ferry in your own time.

These sections are a beautiful part of the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail – one of New Zealand’s Great Rides.

It is important that you do know how to ride a bike and have ridden a bicycle in the last few years.

Walk 20 – Urupukapuka – The Ultimate Loop Walk

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Basics

Saturday 14th

Assemble HQ: 8.30 am

Depart: 9.00 am arrive Island at 9.30 am

Arrive back at Russell Wharf:  Approx 3.10 pm

Duration: 5 hours walking 30 minutes each way boat travel.

Distance: 8 km

Grade: Hard

Maximum walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost: $75.00 (includes guided walk and boat transfers)

Sunday 15th October 

Assemble HQ: 7.30 am

Depart HQ: 8.00 am arrive at Island 8.30 am

Arrive back at Russell wharf: 2.30 pm

Duration: 5 hours walking 30 minutes each way boat travel.

Distance: 8 km

Grade: Hard

Maximum walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost:  $75 includes a guided walk and boat transfers

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

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 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.

Travelling by commercial launch to Urupukapuka Island, venturing into the inner islands where you will disembark at the stunning Otehei Bay.

The full walk is 8 km on very well-maintained trails, with some steep climbs and steps and there is plenty to see.

Hiking 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.

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Walk 21 – The Island Hop (Urupukapuka and Motuarohia Islands)

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Basics

Friday 13th

Assemble HQ: 7.45 am

Depart HQ: 8.00 am

Arrive back at Russell Wharf: approx 1.00 pm

Duration: 2.5 hours walking boat travel 30-40 minutes each way

Walk Distance: 3km

Grade: Medium 

Maximum walkers: 18

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost:  $75 (includes guided walk and boat transfers Boat travel – 30 – 40mins with stops each way)

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

Travelling by launch out to Urupukapuka Island.  Hike for a couple of hours on Urupukapuka Island – getting dropped off at a Bay and walking across the island to Otehei Bay.  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 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.

Our island hop is stopping at Motuarohia (Roberton) Island on the way home to Russell to climb to the centre of the island for spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding Bay of Islands – this is 350 metres and a 15 minute walk.

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Walk 22 – Meet the locals

Sun 15th

Basics

Sunday 15th

Assemble HQ: 6.15am

Depart HQ: 6.30am

Return HQ: 11.30am

Duration: 5 Hours

Distance:  5 kms

Grade:  Medium

Maximum walkers:  12

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost:  $30 includes a guided walk and breakfast

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
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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Walk 24 – Tapeka Nature Walk and Geocaching

Thurs 12th

Basics

Thursday 12th

Assemble HQ: 9.30 am (meet at 8.30 if you need to become a member of the geocaching)

Depart HQ: 10.00 am

Return to HQ: 4 pm

Duration: 6 hours

Distance: 5 km

Grade: Medium

Maximum Walkers: 20

Category: Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

Cost: Free includes a guided walk

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

Gather around fellow geocachers we will be on the hunt for at least 12 caches on our walk from Russell to Tapeka. After meeting at the Russell Bowling Club we will follow “Fullofun” to discover 12 caches 3 of which will be multi caches.

Not a member of the Geocaching fraternity yet? Come an hour early so we can set you up as a member. You will need a cell phone that has data and access to your emails. Alternatively go the the website and join, in the pleasure of your home before the day. https://www.geocaching.com/play

On the way you will learn some facts about NZ History, about native trees, birds and insects and enjoy some stunning scenery. Bring your lunch and some togs if you feel like a swim!

Walk 25 – Zane Grey Paddle and Platter Walk

Sat 14th

Basics

Saturday 14th

Assemble HQ:  7.15 am

Depart HQ: 7.45 am ferry to Paihia

Return to HQ: approx. 3 pm

Duration:  3 hours walk, 2 hours kayak.

Distance: 10.6 km walking in total (Haruru Falls Track and along waterfront) Kayak up river.

Grade: Medium fitness level required, no need to have kayaked before as there is a boat nearby if you tire of kayaking and need a ride.

Maximum Walkers: 20

Category: Family Friendly- children 10 years plus

Cost:  $103 Includes ferries, kayak, platters, and a drink at Zane Grey’s Restaurant

Notes:

  1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water.  It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
  2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.
Details

Catch a ferry from Russell to Paihia, then we walk along the Paihia Waterfront to Waitangi Bridge.

Kayaking up the Waitangi River you can explore up close, paddle through mangrove forests or photograph a colony of sea birds that nest in trees hanging over the river, Then onto our final destination where a waterfall drops into the sea. At the waterfall the fun & adrenaline starts, even first timers can safely experience paddling at the basin of a waterfall –  the perfect photo opportunity!   We have our charter boat is on hand if you need a rest.

 

Your guides will share with you fauna, flora, local history and Māori legends while being your personal photographers.

After our kayak we walk back along the Haruru Falls track, a sheltered track full of bird-watching, local history and stunning views and along the waterfront to  Zane Greys Restaurant and Bar, which is situated out over the water.  Arriving there around 2pm to enjoy shared platters and a drink (wine/beer (18+ only) or soft drink) in this stunning location.

No experience required. Family friendly. Bring your own lunch to eat along the way.

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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