New Zealand Walks: Walk to Cape Brett -a spec­tac­u­lar must do walk!

- a spec­tac­u­lar must do walk!

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The walk to Cape Brett in the Bay of Is­lands, is up there amongst one of the best hikes in New Zealand. A fairly dif­fi­cult and to­tally re­ward­ing ex­pe­di­tion and one that is a “must do” on many of the lo­cals an­nual walk­ing cal­en­dar.

This is a one way 5km day walk en­abling peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence the spec­tac­u­lar Cape Brett with­out walk­ing 16km from the start of the trail.

De­part­ing Rus­sell at the break of dawn, a wa­ter taxi is taken out into the stun­ning Bay of Is­lands – the av­er­age tourist does not get to see the Bay at this time – no other boats, peace­ful and just a mo­ment to trea­sure.

Travel through the mon­tage of is­lands to the edge of the bay and Cape Brett penin­sula. Scramble ashore at the Old Land­ing, step by step up to the last light­house keep­ers house. The ef­fort is re­warded with out­stand­ing views of the outer Bay of Is­lands, north to the Cavalli Is­lands and south to Whangaruru and beyond to the Poor Knight Is­lands.

Cape Brett re­ally is a very special place. The 14-me­tre high Cape Brett Light­house was built in 1906 and a small set­tle­ment was es­tab­lished for the light­house keep­ers and their fam­i­lies.

This light­house was fi­nally au­to­mated in 1978 and thus came the end of set­tle­ment for the fam­i­lies. When you ar­rive you will see old dwelling sites of the fam­i­lies houses and you get a sense of their iso­la­tion, and their re­spon­si­bil­ity in keep­ing watch over those who needed pro­tect­ing on the wa­ter.

The seven dis­tinc­tive peaks that mark Cape Brett’s spine are said to rep­re­sent the seven waka that brought Maori set­tlers to Aotearoa from Hawai­iki around 700 years ago. The area is rich in early Maori his­tory, and the re­mains of an­cient pa.

Hear the sto­ries as you set­tle in for a hard climb up past the light­house, with many photo stops along the way. Walk-

Above: Deep Wa­ter Cove. Photo Stephen Western Be­low: Cape Brett Light­house stands out at the top of photo. Photo Stephen Western

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