Day Two

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!

Whangarei Heads Walks

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.

Smugglers Cove on the Busby Head Walk

Smugglers Bay on the Busby Head Walk  – Photographer: John Roke