Cape Brett independent walk

Our independent walk provides an option for walkers preferring to walk the track independently. We can assist with helping you with water transportation to ensure that your walk on the Cape Brett Track is a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Please note: Clients do require a good level of fitness to enjoy this itinerary.

A walking permit is required for the Cape Brett track. This can be purchased from the Russell Information Centre + 64 9 403 8020

Water Taxi Transport

Contact Russell Information Centre +64 9 403 8020

How To Get There

The track starts at Rawhiti, Bay of Islands. It is a 4-hour drive from Auckland. The coastal route turns off SH1 at Whakapara, which is 15 minutes north of Whangarei. This route is best used if you want to travel direct to Rawhiti (allow 1 hour from the turn-off). The alternative route continues to Kawakawa travelling towards the Bay of Islands. SH1 will continue through the Kawakawa Township. At the Kawakawa intersection continue ahead on SH11 heading towards Opua. The Fullers vehicle ferry service operates from Opua between 6.30am to 10.00pm daily. The turnoff towards Rawhiti after the car ferry is 4 kilometres towards Russell. The use of a relevant road map is desired.


Various ranges and styles of accommodation are available in Paihia, Russell or backpacker accommodation at Rawhiti. Bookings are essential.
Or you could try Oke Bay Lodge at the entrance of the track.

Cape Brett Track

Cape Brett track begins at Oke Bay in Rawhiti and ends below the lighthouse at the seaward end of the Cape Brett peninsula. The Department of Conservation administers this house. The distance of the track is approximately 16.5 kilometres. At a comfortable pace this track takes 8-hours to complete. It crosses Te Rawhiti 3B2 Trust and DOC land and traverses over reasonably undulating and at times steep terrain up to a maximum height of 345 metres. There is 90% of bush cover, which is mainly secondary growth. The track is well marked and maintained.

Cape Brett Hut

The hut accommodates 22 people and is administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC). Book at Russell Information Centre + 64 9 403 8020


Above average fitness is advisable.
The track may not be suitable for persons under
the age 10 years. Tramping boots are recommended.


The track can be walked in all weather
and is open all year.


Secure parking is available at Russell or at Rawhiti
at 253 Rawhiti Road, which is a light grey cottage
set on a little knoll about 50 metres back from the road.
The rapid delivery number 253 is on the second lot
of mailboxes. Park your vehicle up at the gazebo,
which is next door to the house.
There is an honesty box in the gazebo to place a
$5.00 donation for safe parking of your vehicle.
This is highly recommended.

Pohutukawa flowers, native forest Dramatic coastline, deep blue water Views from the walking track


Independent Walks

map Cap Brett Bay of Islands
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