The walk begins at the height of Hauai Bay on the Rawhiti Road. With signs indicated the beginning, once through the arch he really starts. The trip is 16 kilometers (one way) and is about Maori private property. For this to be paid, books via the DOC. It's a pretty tough hike but the views across the Bay of Islands are well worth it. There can (also for a fee) to spend the night in the old house of the lighthouse keeper. Because the route back over the same path will make many hikers use a water taxi which picks them up or deposited on Cape Brett.
The walk is quite heavy, we have walked up and down, not knowing that this is not common. It's hilly terrain and therefore the hike takes a good 7-9 hours. If you drive to the starting point by car (and this therefore leaves here) offer some residents nearby guarded parking for 5 - NZD. Another advantage is that it can enable if needed immediately someone is aware of the plans and help. So we parked our bus at a Maori woman of whom her sons were in the rescue.
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