Bay of Islands Walking Weekend
Walk 20 – Urupukapuka Island – The Ultimate Loop Walk
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.
Assemble HQ – 8.30am
Depart Russell Wharf 9.00am
Duration – 5 hours walking
30 minutes each way boat travel.
Arrive back at Russell Wharf Approx 2.30pm
Distance 8 kms
Cost Adult $60.00, Child $40 (includes boat transfers)
Category - Family friendly – Children 10 years plus
Maximum walkers – 20
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.
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