This easy track is just 1 km north of Maiki/Flagstaff Hill, near Russell. Tapeka Point is the perfect base for exploring this part of the Bay of Islands by land or water.

Track overview

500 m one way

Walking and tramping

15 min one way Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri


About this track


A narrow grassy track, steep in places, starts from Du Fresne Place and leads you across a number of what were once defensive ditches to the end of Tapeka Peninsula and the top-most part of Tapeka Pa itself.

You can get stunning views all along the track over the whole of the Bay of Islands, from Cape Wiwiki in the north to Rakaumangamanga in the south-east.

10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 667 steps. 

Getting there

Tapeka Point is located 1 km north of Flagstaff Hill, near Russell.

Know before you go

  • Make sure all children are supervised on this walk.
  • Natural hazards exist e.g. cliffs, drop-offs, undercuts, slips.
  • Remain on the maintained track at all times.
  • Do not attempt the track after dark.
  • Parts of this track are steep and slippery so take care after rain.


Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   34 Landing Road
Kerikeri 0230
Postal Address:   PO Box 128
Kerikeri 0245
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