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“Hard Walk - gorgeous views”
Review of Cape Brett Walkway

Cape Brett Walkway
Reviewed 27 November 2017

had lovely weather for this walk - found the last 2.5-3 km challenging.
Group of 5 of us only had to share hut with one other - so we turned into a group of 6.
Comfortable well equipped hut.
Glad that we decided to meet the boat at Deep Water Cove the next day (Wai Not Tourism - awesome)

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Chrissyv89
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

Pleasant track from Rawhiti road trailhead across hils into the Whangamumu Scenic Reserve area. Takes about 1:15h each way. Good picnic destination with hardly anyone around in winter. No cellphone signal.
Note: track can be quite difficult in wet weather as trail often crosses clay and becomes very slippery! Take care! Consider to bring walking sticks.
Trail winds largely through Manuka vegetation, thus not much of a view can be had until you cross the pass into the reserve.
Parking at the trail-head can be a bit disconcerting as lots of redundant signs urge people to "park safer" on nearby private property ... a bit unusual for NZ :-(

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

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!

Date of experience: January 2017
5  Thank Kathy O
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This is a tough walk but it's extremely rewarding and worth the effort. We walked from Rawhiti and back, the full distance one way is 18.5km and it took us 7 hours including breaks & photo stops. From DWC is the most challenging part and the most spectacular, it took us 2.5 hours from DWC to the hut.
The hut is well stocked with pots, pans, plates, cups, cutlery & cooking utensils. Save yourself the weight, don't take a pot or gas cooker. There are 3 double gas burners for hikers to use.
Definitely take loo paper!
On 3rd and 4th Jan there was water in the tank and it was not salty, we took 2 litres each and used the hut water for hot drinks only.
Even though the hut was fully booked, people still arrived who hadn't booked, if you've paid and want a bunk, don't arrive late or you maybe sleeping on the floor.
The hut was very warm, a sleeping bag liner would be fine in summer, no need for some epic sub zero down bag.

Be certain of your fitness and walking time as this is a committing walk. There's no guarantee the water taxi can come to get you at DWC or the Cape.

All in all, it's an excellent walk and a must for keen hikers! (And mad trail runners)

Date of experience: January 2017
3  Thank Nesa76
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

This is one of my favorite tracks in New Zealand. Although it is on the coastline, it is more rigorous than one might expect with a lot of ups and downs. It was about 6 hours each way and we even got to see a pod of dolphins splashing around at the end. I would rate this hike up there with some of the other great walks, the views were so great. The end is amazing and you can see the hole in the rock. I know lots of people did the water taxi one way, but anyone of average fitness should be able to complete this track with no problem.

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank JiriLyndsy
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