Very little is known or recorded about pre-European life on Urupukapuka. Our best record of the past is provided by numerous archaeological sites visible on the present-day landscape.
The complete Urupukapuka Island Walk (5 hr) is designed in a clockwise direction, and may be joined at most of the larger bays.
This track generally follows the outer edge of the island passing various archaeological features. It goes through native and regenerating bush, along beaches and beside steep cliffs.
Note: We are working to improve the interpretation panels along the track.
The track can be best joined from Otehei, Urupukapuka, Cable, Indico and Oneura/Paradise Bays.
The reserve is part of the Bay of Islands Maritime and Historic Park.
This reserve is within Te Pēwhairangi (Bay of Islands) Marine Mammal Sanctuary.
Eligible people must be fully vaccinated to use DOC accommodation.