Marsden Cross Track

Track category

Walking track


40 min one way


1.1 km one way


View from Marsden Cross.
View from Marsden Cross

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. Learn more about this programme on the Sport Northland website.

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.


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About the area

Wonderful views from Oihi Bay across the Bay of Islands.
Wonderful views from Oihi Bay across the Bay of Islands

Marsden Cross is the site of the first mission settlement. This area also had the first Christian service conducted in New Zealand by the Rev. Samuel Marsden.

Plan and prepare

  • 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.

Help stop kauri dieback

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

  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.

Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.

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