Urupukapuka Island - Walk 6

Where: Russell Bowling Club, 5 Church Street, Russell, Russell, Bay of Islands

Restrictions: All Ages

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The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend
Urupukapuka Island - Walk 6

The locals favourite!

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 imaginable and gorgeous beaches with crystal clear water there are dozens of pristine preserved archaeological sites on the island, some of which may be up to 1000 years old. From prehistoric Māori pa, villages, gardens, and food storage, right up to early 20th Century buildings used by famous author Zane Grey, there are countless historic sites to explore on Urupukapuka Island.

You will travel by commercial launch to Urupukapuka Island, getting a feel for the Bay of Islands as you venture into the inner islands where you will disembark at the stunning Otehei Bay. The walk is 11km on very well maintained trails and there is plenty to see. You will hike through forest which holds treasures of Project Island Song such as the North Island robin, saddleback, which are the jewels amongst the abundant tui and fantail population. From sheltered bays, ancient pa, 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.

This year we have something special on the walk - leave your mark on the island by planting a native plant to support Project Island Song – when you return to visit the island in a few years you will be able to go and see what you contributed to this amazing paradise!

Sat 13th October 8:00 am
Sun 14th October 8:00 am

Duration – 5 hours walking, 30 minutes each way boat travel.
Distance 11 kms
Ticket includes boat transfers, and tree planting
Grade: fairly hard
Category: Family friendly. Max 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.

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).

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