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Take the Marsden Cross Track to view the cross that commemorates the first mission settlement and first Christian service conducted in New Zealand.

Track overview

1.1 km one way

Walking and tramping

40 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

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About this track


From the stile at the roadside, the track leads you through farmland to Oihi Bay and the Marsden Cross. This stone monument marks the first sermon preached in New Zealand.

Once at Oihi Beach, there is a small stream to cross, which runs dry most of the year.

You can also take a short bushwalk through the remnants of New Zealand’s first European orchard to another memorial commemorating one of New Zealand’s pioneering families, the Hansens.

10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 1,776 steps.

Getting there

Marsden Cross Track is on Oihi Road, 36 km from Kerikeri and is signposted from Rangihoua Road. You can also access the other end of the track from the sea, towards the western end of the beach.

Get directions to Rangihoua Heritage Park from Whangarei

Know before you go

  • No dogs or fires due to risks to wildlife, especially kiwi.
  • Before leaving for your walk, make sure your vehicle is locked and any valuables out of sight.


Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
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