Introduction

A pleasant walk through regenerating forest to a lookout that offers stunning views over Waitangi, the Bay of Islands and Russell.

Track overview

1.5 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only.

  • Kauri dieback
    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this track

Description

Waitangi National Reserve. Image: Kevin L Jones.
Stunning views of Waitangi from the Opua Forest Paihia Lookout Track

Once at the lookout you will have stunning views to Waitangi, across Motumairie (one of the islands off Paihia) to Russell then over the Russell Peninsula to Cape Brett and Ipipiri, the eastern Bay of Islands.

If you want to walk for a further two hours, carry on along the Oromahoe Traverse, which joins the Paihia School Road Track.

Just a short stroll along Oromahoe Road to your right will take you to the Opua Kauri Walk, an easy walk through kauri trees.

10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 2,000 steps. Learn more about this programme on the Sport Northland website.

Getting there

You can start the Paihia School Road Track at the far end of School Road, Paihia. The track starts 700 metres from the Paihia township.

Know before you go

Safety

Carry warm, waterproof clothing, and food and drink, even on short walks. Stout shoes or walking boots are advisable.


Related link

Opua Forest Paihia Lookout Track - Walk the North e-book

Contacts

Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Email:   bayofislandsbooking@doc.govt.nz
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