Introduction

The 3-hour return walk along the Peach Cove Track requires skill and a reasonable level of fitness. The track has several steep climbs before it drops down to Peach Cove’s sandy beach.

Video

Track overview

3.6 km return

Walking and tramping

3 hr return Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs
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About this track

Description

The track runs up one side of Bream Head Ridge and drops down the other side into Peach Cove, a pretty little sandy beach. You'll pass through attractive coastal broadleaf forest, and you can stay the night at the Peach Cove hut.

This track has lots of steep and narrow steps, and is recommended for people who are reasonably fit and agile. Take care on the steps as they have subsided over time, making them difficult and sometimes dangerous. 

A section of the Peach Cove Track intersects with the Te Whara Track. There are alternative routes:

  • You can return the way you came or along the main track to Urquharts Bay or Ocean Beach (3 hours)
  • Returning via Ocean Beach creates a loop option, as it is approximately 10 minutes walk from the beach back up the road to the Peach Cove car park
  • Returning via Urqhuarts Bay it is 3 km from the Urquharts Bay car park to the Peach Cove car park.

The nearby Mount Manaia Track is well worth a visit. The track has been upgraded and the views across the harbour are excellent.

Getting there

The start of Peach Cove Track is signposted on the right about 4 km along Ocean Beach road.

Park just inside the entrance way as this access is a private driveway.

Know before you go

  • Do not interfere with pest traps
  • To minimise disturbance to the area, and out of respect to local iwi and their ancestors, keep to the marked tracks.
  • Carry plenty of drinking water.
  • Take care as the track is very steep in places.
  • Tracks can be slippery after rain.
  • Be careful of tree roots on the track.
  • The rocky outcrops have steep drop offs. Children should be well supervised.
  • Northland reserve bylaws apply to Bream Head Scenic Reserve.

Contacts

Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2 South End Ave
Raumanga
Whangarei 0110
Postal Address:   PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140
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