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Pukehuia Magic and Whangamumu Whaling Walk


Sat 19 Oct 2019, 7:30am–3:30pm

Where: Russell Bowling Club, 15 Church St, Russell, Bay of Islands

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Adult: $44.00 ($40.00 + $4.00 fees)
  • Child (10 - 14 years): $28.62 ($25.00 + $3.62 fees)
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The Bay of Islands Walking Weekend

Pukehuia Magic and Whangamumu Whaling Walk - Walk 8

(includes making your own Kawakawa balm!)

This spectacular walk is one of heart stopping vistas and rich history.

From Russell you take a fourty minute bus ride out to Rawhiti which is the start of your walk.

Before we start walking though we will start with a bit of magic. You’ll participate in some local activities like making your own magical potion from the therapeutic kawakawa leaf and magical flowers that last forever! That’s the easy part!

Then it’s a climb up Pukehuia. Don’t be put off by the “hard” rating, it’s well worth it, and only hard because of a few hills - but no steps!! Pukehuia is a significant maunga or mountain, on the landscape of the southern arm of the Bay of islands, Ipipiri. The first hour is spent ascending through native bush to the high point with frequent stops for rests and photographs. The stop at the top is an opportunity to bunch the group up again and fill the water bottles – perfect for that ultimate photo of the Bay of Islands!

The hard yards complete the rest of the walk journeys down a south facing ridge with a young kauri grove mingled with mature podocarp and broadleaf forming the canopy. Witness the recovery from pest control efforts, enjoy views of distant Mimiwhangata and the horizontal Poor Knights.

You join up with the Whangamumu track which takes you to the Whangamumu Whaling Station which was the only one in the world that caught whales with nets, and it was Northland’s longest running and most successful station. Today the physical remains at Whangamumu represent the last factory based whaling station in Northland. The remaining historic structures include vats or tanks that held whale oil, the slipway on the beach front, and the old boiler. It’s an eerie and intriguing place to visit.

You have the option to descend to the relics of the whaling station or spend time above the harbour enjoying the views before turning your back to the ocean and descending down the old farm track to Tangatapu Wetland, a local restoration project of replanting. Always keeping an eye out for the elusive fern bird - often heard but not seen!

Saturday 19th October 7.30 am
Duration 8 hours
Distance 8 km
Grade hard
Cost Adult $40, Child $25 (includes transport, and activities)
Maximum walkers 20
Category - Family friendly – Children 10 years plus

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).