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Walk 12 – Four walks in One! 21km may be the upcoming event you’re looking for
Walk 12 – Four walks in One! 21km


  • Sat 14 Oct 2023, 7:15am–5:00pm



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Bay of Islands Walking Weekend
Saturday 14th October
Walk 12 – Four walks in One! 21km

Due to popular demand, we have introduced a longer walk.
(Please note this walk includes sections of 4 of our individual walks)
Catch the passenger from Russell to Paihia and walk four walks in one!

The first part is the Paihia School Road Lookout.
A pleasant 2km climb to a view of the Bay of Islands. From the viewpoint you can see the Bay from Opua to Waitangi and over the Russell Peninsula to Urupukapuka Island and Cape Brett in the distance.

The second part of the walk is the Oromahoe Traverse (no longer part of the programme), a medium to hard walk, a unique opportunity to walk this ancient trail used by Māori for hundreds of years, that runs right through the heart of the stunning Opua State Forest. Learn about the community’s mammoth effort in taking out over 11,000 pests and the explosion of native wildlife that followed, particularly the magnificent Northern Green geckos, kiwi, wood pigeons, tomtits, owls, and so much more.

The third part of the walk includes some metal road walking and the stunning Opua Kauri Walk (no longer part of the programme). The kauri walk is a short but delightful stroll, partly on boardwalk through groves of kauri to an elevated lookout platform and bench seat. Once at the lookout you will be surrounded by kauri trees of different ages – from young rickers up to 25 years old to more mature trees of about 400 years in age.

Returning to the road we walk down Oromahoe road to join the fourth part of our walk – a section of the Opua to Paihia coastal walkway – which is part of the Full Circle Walk. Wonderful views of Veronica Channel can be seen here along with a stunning mangrove boardwalk.
You will feel a great sense of achievement as you catch the passenger ferry from Paihia to Russell again. After all – you will have walked around 21 km!!! A half marathon!!!

Saturday 14th October
Assemble HQ: 7.15am
Depart HQ: 7.30 am ferry at 7.45am
Return to HQ: approx. 5.00 pm (transport at 4.30pm)
Duration: 8 Hours
Distance: 21 kms
Grade: Hard
Maximum walkers: 20
Category: Family friendly – children 10 years plus
Cost: $35 - includes guided walk and both ferries

1. Please check what is included and the time and length of your walk so you know what you need to bring in terms of food and water. It’s always a good idea to have a card or cash on you as you never know what you might encounter along the way.
2. The Russell Bowling Club is our Walking Weekend HQ, all walks start from there.

Our guides are all passionate and knowledgeable about the Bay of Islands area and bring something special to the walking experience. Each walk has no more than 20 people. Our HQ is the Russell Bowling Club where people can meet, chat about their day and have something to eat and drink.

Russell is a fantastic base for the weekend with lots of great restaurants, places to stay and for the non-walkers out there. We are very excited about this weekend and the great walking experiences there are here in the Bay of Islands. Time to get your walking boots out of the cupboard and join us in the Bay of Islands.

Visit our website to see all the walks you can do.

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