The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend
Moturua French Connection - walk 7
Travel aboard the R Tucker Thompson, which is a total experience in itself – this amazing olde tall ship with its fantastic crew is a real treat and a perfect way to travel to your destination in the Bay of Islands.
As you set sail there is more talking than walking before you disembark to visit the site of early interaction between Maori and the French. Tangata whenua will guide you over the sacred site where extreme conflict occurred.
Back on board the ship to sail to Moturua Island with a local historian introducing the significance of the two locations relating to the 1772 conflict between the Maori and the French when the two French Ships under the command of Marion du Fresne were in the Bay of Islands.
Onshore at Moturua Island you walk the ultimate island loop track. Crossing ridges, the track descends to four very different beaches, ranging from soft sand to pebble and stone. As you explore the islands your guide will regal you with stories of the rich history at each of the bays. Moturua Island has brought the birdsong back to life and you can often see kiwi footprints on the sand as you walk.
This day trip is truly entertaining with its stories and majestic in its beauty. A full day with some of the best the Bay has to offer. Another cup of tea or perhaps a cold ale or wine from the galley as you journey home.
Date - Sunday 14th October, 7.30 am
Duration 8 hours – sailing and walking
Distance - 5 km walking
Grade - Medium
Category: Family friendly. Max Walkers: 30
All walks depart from the Russell Bowling Club in Russell. There are many walks to book on - so look at all the walks you can do over the 3 days. The walks are all guided and the guides are knowledgeable and passionate about the region.
Visit our website to see all the walks you can do.
For more on accommodation and what is on in the region - speak to Colette from Russell Information Centre: 0800 633 255 or (09) 403 8020 (Russell Office).