Aerial view of Rangihoua Pa site and Marsden Cross
Image: Dean Wright
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 mission settlement and first Christian service conducted 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.
Marsden Cross Track is within the Rangihoua Heritage Park, 36 km from Kerikeri and signposted from Rangihoua Road. Turn off Rangihoua Road, and travel 2.8 km along Oihi Road to the start of the track.
You can also access the other end of the track from the sea, towards the western end of the beach.