Cape Brett Track

Experience some of the most dramatic seaside views along the Cape Brett Track - Dive Ops can transport you to various starting points along the walk and, if needed, we'll collect you at the end.

The track features spectacular cliff edges, beautiful native forests and expansive views of the Cavalli and Poor Knights Islands, as well as the Whangamumu headlands.

Time & Distance:
To walk from Rawhiti to Deep Water Cove - approx 5-6 hours.
To walk from Deep Water Cove to Cape Brett - approx 2-3 hours.
To walk from Rawhiti to Cape Brett (16.3 Km) one way - approx 8 hrs.

Getting There and Back : 
Dive Ops offers several water taxi options, if you prefer to walk a certain distance and be picked up for a return trip. Below are some examples:
  • Self drive to Rawhiti (car storage available at Julia’s Backpackers), Dive Ops water taxi picks you up at Kaingahoa Bay and drops you off at Cape Brett. From there you will walk back to your car - approx 8hrs
  • Self drive to Rawhiti (car storage available at Julia’s Backpackers), Dive Ops water taxi picks you up at Kaingahoa Bay and drops you off at Deep Water Cove. From there you will walk out to Cape Brett - approx 2- 3 hrs. Stay the night in the DOC hut and then walk back to your car the next day
  • Pick up in Paihia / Russell by the Dive Ops water taxi and take a scenic boat ride out to Cape Brett. From here you can either walk to Rawhiti on the same day and we’ll pick you up later, or stay a little longer and Dive Ops will pick you up the next day and take you back to Paihia / Russell.
The Lighthouse was first lit in 1910 and stands at the entrance to the Bay of Islands; it stands at 14m high and is one of three lighthouses in New Zealand to utilise mercury bath technology. The lighthouse keeper's cottage was built in 1908 and is very typical for the early 20th Century. It's the only remaining lighthouse left in Northland of its kind.

Cape Brett Peninsula is rich with Maori history, with ancient Pa sites and fortified villages visible at various locations along the track.

Plan, Prepare & Be Safe:
Please note: No dogs are allowed on the track and camping is not permitted due to fire risk. It is essential that you pack and take all your rubbish, including food scraps to prevent rats. Take your own water, at least 1.5lts per walker. Wear suitable footwear and clothing.

Please click here for more information on Bay of Islands wreck and reef dive trips available with Dive Ops.
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