Trek along a walking trail to reach this historic lighthouse, which promises exceptional coastal views and opportunities to spot native flora and wildlife.
Cape Brett Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse set at the entrance of the Bay of Islands. Access the lighthouse by water taxi or via the scenic Cape Brett Walkway. The excellent hiking track is a great way to view some of the Bay of Islands’ most stunning natural areas, including dense native forests and jagged rock formations.
Ask locals about the history of the lighthouse. The renowned structure was constructed in the early 20th century and is about 14 metres (46 feet) tall. A small, isolated settlement was established for the lighthouse keepers and their families shortly after. Manual operation ceased in the late 20th century.
The Cape Brett Walkway, which measures over 16 kilometres (10 miles), begins near Oke Bay, Rawhiti, and ends at the lighthouse on the Cape Brett Peninsula. The trail, which takes 8 hours to walk just one way, is best suited to fit, experienced hikers. Spot beautiful birds and be on alert for dolphins and seals in the waters below.
Wander along steep cliffs and admire the beautiful rock formations and golden sandy beaches as well as views over the Bay of Islands and the Pacific Ocean. Water taxis and charter boats can provide close-up views of the famous Hole in the Rock, an impressive rock formation.
Take the water taxi service from Oke Bay to Cape Brett on a daytrip. Alternatively, hikers can stay overnight in a hut set in one of the old lighthouse keeper’s lodges. The hut must be booked in advance through the Pewhairangi or Bay of Islands Department of Conservation offices.
Start your Cape Brett Walkway trek from Oke Bay, Rawhiti. Drive from Russell to Oke Bay in about 40 minutes. Walkers are required to have permits, which can be purchased from the Russell Information Centre. Before you set off on the track, ensure you are prepared. Walkers will need appropriate footwear and sufficient supplies.