Smugglers Cove at Bream Head
Bream Head Scenic Reserve is one of New Zealand’s premier coastal forest reserves and is the best example of its type in Northland. It provides a refuge for a diverse range of species brought together in a unique coastal broadleaf forest association including kiwi, kukupa (wood pigeon), threatened invertebrates, bats, skinks, geckos, several bird species from offshore islands like kaka, kakariki (red-crowned parakeet) and bellbird, and nationally and regionally significant plants.
Bream Head also provides habitat for coastal birds and the southern most mainland colony of the threatened native flax snail – pupuharakeke.
Bream Head Scenic Reserve is nationally important for its ecological, cultural and historic significance. North Island brown kiwi have been released into the area which is now one of the country’s kiwi sanctuaries.
You can see volcanic rocky outcrops and coastal forest from tracks at Bream Head Scenic Reserve.
At Bream Head you’ll find Peach Cove Hut which sleeps 8. There are also camping facilities available.
Note that tracks can be slippery after rain and rocky outcrops have steep drop offs. Do not venture off the marked tracks and dogs and open fires are not permitted in the reserve.
Natural areas of Manaia Ecological District
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Northland places
Tips for driving on unsealed roads