We walked out overnight on New Year's Day. Yes the walk is deceptively hard - and hot in summer, and especially carrying our water, as recommended! Stunning scenery and great to see the possum-proof fence protecting the outer part of the Cape. Full hut, with very friendly bunch of Kiwis and internationals. Good facilities; gas cookers, plates, pots, pans etc, so helpful.
Main gripe - please, please fix the kilometre markers! Or take them out if need be, it is distressing to think you have one or two km to go and actually it's four, or more, especially with a massive hill at the end!
Bay of Islands Water Taxi - yes we woosed out and rang for a ride back (there is cell phone reception at the Cape). He apparently gets 80% of Cape business with call ups like us. He could only fit us in from Deep Water Cove, two hour's walk back, which was a perfect compromise. The boat took us right to the campground where we had left our car, great service. Not only that - I left my walking poles in the boat, they delivered them into Paihia so a friend could return them to me, thank you so much!
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