Russell Walks

 

Discover Russell and the Bay of Islands by taking a walk

Check out the Russell walks available - Perfect for all levels of fitness - Russel-Orongo Bay Holiday park

Opposite Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park is the Bay of Islands Full Circle Day Walk.
Markers providing information along the way and some seating is provided. There are a number of start and end points on the Russell section of this walkway, so you can do as much or little as you choose.

The full circle day walk of the Bay of Islands follows coastal tracks with outstanding views and two ferry rides. The initial part of this walk circles Orongo Bay and then takes you through through sub tropical rainforest.

 

 

A map of Russell walks available to enjoy your stay at Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday parkThere are plenty of interesting sights along the way including birdlife, wetlands and bush, mangrove forests, oysters farms, a vineyard and the site of the manganese mining at Mt Tikitikioure during the nineteenth century, together with discarded manganese boulders visible at low tide. There are a couple of hills with many steps in the bush so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Passengers can travel on the car ferry for $1 per adult and on alighting at Opua there are opportunities for refreshment including the Marina Cafe.

 

 

Russell Walkway tide - a perfect example of Russell Walks available near Russell - Orongo bay Holiday ParkFrom Opua to Paihia the track follows both coast and bush, is undulating rather than hilly and is well marked. A passenger ferry trip will take you from Paiha to Russell. To complete the full circle Bay of Islands walk, follow the walkway from Russell back to Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park.

Refreshments for walkers doing the Bay of Islands Full Circle Day Walk, including drinks and icecreams, are available from the Russell – Orongo Bay Holiday Park campstore.

More information on http://www.boiwalkways.co.nz/

 

Cape Brett Track

wildlife Russell Orongo Bay Holiday Park

Time: 6 -8 hr each way / Distance: 16.3 km one way

Cape Brett Track traverses through native and regenerating bush. The track runs along the ridge through Maori-owned land before reaching conservation land at Deep Water Cove – Manawahuna for the last 6 km of the track. You can take a side-track (1 hr return) down to Deep Water Cove, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and snorkel.
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Flagstaff Hill Track

The Flagstaff Hill Russell

Time: 30 min / Distance: 2.5 km

At low tide, you can follow the beach around to Watering Bay, and then climb through regenerating coastal forest to reach Titore Way. Three hundred metres along this road, a sign marks the final leg through shrubland to the summit of Flagstaff Hill. (NB. a high tide alternative begins half way up Wellington Street).
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Fladgate Track

An amazing walk through regenerating bush Russell

Time: 15 min / Distance: 500 m

A pleasant walk through regenerating bush beside a stream to Waihihi Bay (Brick Bay). Fladgate Track is part of the Russell Track network, and a perfect opportunity for a short stroll to a picturesque bay.
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Tapeka Point

Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park is ideally situated for hikers, walkers and bird enthusiasts

Time: 15 min / Distance: 500 m

A grassy track gives access to views from a pa site over the Bay of Islands from Du Fresne Place and carpark.
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Ngaiotonga – Kauri Grove Walk

Ngaiotonga - Kauri Grove Walk Russell

Time: 20 min / Distance: 1 km

This loop walk passes through mixed kauri / podocarp forest. Ngaiotonga Forest features stunning native bush and majestic Kauri trees. Walk beneath the canopy of these large trees and feel the ancient and primeval feel of yesteryear. Many plants and trees are labelled for identification. More information

Whangamumu Track

Whangamumu Track is a scenic track taking in the forest and beach

Time: 1 hr / Distance: 4.2 km

This track is a comfortable forest and beach walk into Whangamumu Harbour where one of New Zealand’s last remaining shore-based whaling stations was situated. Interpretation signs explain the historic features of the area. More information

Urupukapuka Island Archaeological Walk

The Urupukapuka Island archaeological walk is the perfect Russell

Very little is known or recorded about pre-European life on Urupukapuka. Our best record of the past is provided by numerous archaeological sites visible on the present-day landscape. By interpreting these sites it is possible to see into the daily lives of ancient communities. The 7.3-km archaeological walk on Urupukapuka Island is suitable for people of most ages and fitness levels and is a great place to learn about the area’s history. More informations

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend.

A not to be missed opportunity to enjoy guided walks led by Russell guides with local knowledge, giving you an Experience a great weekend enjoying the amazing Russellhistoric, environmental or cultural perspective to what you are seeing. Held in early October – in 2016 from from 7 to 9 October. For more details of the walks and to enquire about accommodation, please contact us via the email address or phone number at the top of this page.

 

 

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