Located near Russell, this short walk traverses Toretore Island. It takes you through a young tōtara forest with views of the inner Bay of Islands and Paihia's off-shore islands.

Track overview

700 m one way

Walking and tramping

10 min one way Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs
  • 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 cleaning station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri


About this track


Between the tree trunks you can see glimpses of the inner Bay of Islands and the Veronica Channel leading to the port of Opua.

You will find more open views of Paihia and Paihia's off-shore islands, Motu Maire and Kuia Rongouru, when you get to the north-western end of Toretore Island.

10,000 Steps Northland: This track equates to about 933 steps. 

Getting there

Park at the end of Te Wahapu Road (10 minutes from Russell township). Turn right at the boat ramp and walk around the beach to the Te Wahapu Reserve administered by the Far North District Council.

Toretore Island is accessible across a shingle bank from the Te Wahapu Reserve at mid-to-low tide only.

Know before you go

  • Toretore Island can only be accessed at mid-to-low tide. Be sure to check the tides before you leave to plan your return trip.


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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