Bream Head - Busby Head Track

Track category

Walking track


1 hr


3 km


Busby Head track.
Busby Head track

From the Urquharts Bay car park, an easy loop walk takes you around Busby Head to Smugglers Bay.

The loop track takes one hour. An alternative is a 20-minute walk that takes you straight over to Smugglers Bay from the car park.

On the loop track, you will walk past the gun emplacement at Home Point. This was built during World War II as a defence against possible invasion.

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Getting there

Bream Head Scenic Reserve is located at Whangarei Heads, northeast of Whangarei City. The track starts from the Urquharts Bay car park.

Plan and prepare

  • Please make sure you are carrying plenty of drinking water.
  • Tracks can be slippery after rain.
  • Be careful of tree roots protruding onto the track.
  • The rocky outcrops have steep drop offs. Children should be well supervised.

To minimise disturbance to the area, and out of respect to local iwi and their ancestors, please do not venture off the marked tracks.

The Department of Conservation, local iwi the Whangarei Heads Restoration Trust and the community are committed to restoring Bream Head, which includes a re-vegetation programme, weed and pest control. You may see predator traps beside the track. We ask for your safety that you please do not interfere with them.

Dogs and open fires are not permitted in the reserve including the beach.

Northland reserve bylaws apply to Bream Head Scenic Reserve.

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.

Track location map

Map of Busby Head Track (click map to view larger, JPG, 93K).

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