Northland

Northland

Waikare Connection - OPEN

Northern Start
Opua Wharf, Opua, Bay of Islands
Southern End
Waikare
Distance
13km (water) 21.5km (road)
Time
Variable
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track If kayaking, be alert for other water users
  • Poisons & traps
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
Description
(North to South)

Waikare Connection

Two options exist to negotiate the Waikare Inlet through to the start of the Russell Forest Track -  by water or by road.
There is also the option to ferry to Russell (from Paihia, and a chance to explore some of New Zealand's history in Russell) or Okiato (from Opua) and connect with Sheryl Wikaere (see details in "Additional Information") and travel with her to Waikare - though this is unsuitable for bigger groups. Please offer Sheryl a koha/donation if using this as an option.

Water
Water taxi services run from Opua up to Waikare Landing at the head of the Waikare Estuary but the Landing is tide dependent, so the run has to be carefully  timed. 
Phone 0800 387892 or 021 02587021, or email info@wainot.co.nz
The cost is $150 (minimum) for up to 7 people - it'll be less per person if you bunch with other TA walkers.
The operators can also offer a vehicle transfer from Russell or Okiato - this is $100 (minimum) for up to four people.

Great Escape Charters www.greatescape.co.nz - contact Darren Crawford P: 09 4027143 - $100 per boat trip

Another option is to kayak up the inlet with Bay Beach Hire (click for info poster), phone 0800 611440 or 021 1894204. This company is based on the beach at Paihia, and if you're going to kayak up to Waikare, Paihia is a better start point than Opua. It's better to travel in a group or two or three, which will reduce costs. The paddle from Paihia to Waikare takes between 3-4hr depending on weather conditions and fitness levels, and should only be done by persons with some experience. Cellphone reception is zero once past Marriott Island so GPS or good map skills are needed.
Pricing - 2 persons $100pp, 3 persons $90pp, 4 persons $80pp, 5 persons $75pp, 6 persons or more $70pp.
Includes kayak hire, pack transport to Waikare, kayak pickup, dry bags, maps, full safety equipment.
Further details at www.baybeachhire.co.nz

Road
From Opua, take the vehicular ferry over the Veronica Channel to Okiato. From there, follow Aucks Rd for 4.5km to its junction to the Russell-Whakapara Rd. Turn right and follow that road for 10km before turning right onto Waikare Rd. A further 7km brings you to Waikare landing, and Waikare Valley Rd directly opposite.

If you want a  more relaxing route between exiting the ferry and joining with the Russell-Whakapara Rd, then turn left into Pipiroa Rd soon after leaving the ferry and link to the “Okiato to Russell Walkway”. This goes through wetland, bush, and around cliffs to rejoin Aucks Rd just before its junction with the Russell-Whakapara Rd.  It is several kilometres longer than walking directly through to the Russell-Whakapara Rd on Aucks Rd, but does take you off-road and is a good coastal meander if you have time. 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Waikare

Waikare

For information re Waikare amenities, contact Sheryl Wikaire on P: 027 3093476 E: peter1.sheryl@gmail.com
Sheryl can occasionally supply transport from Russell to Waikare (outside work hours), contact her to discuss.
Sheryl also has tenting available for walkers at Waikare (koha/donation please) - call Sheryl, or information at the Russell GAS station.
Sheryl's place is 1km from the Russell Forest at 228D Waikare Valley Rd, just phone or text to arrange.
Note that Sheryl's place is "off the grid"!

For information regarding Waikare amenities contact Sheryl Wikaire 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • No litter
  • No dogs Or allowed on a lead (Kiwi Zone)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Accommodation Opua Seaview Motel 09 402 7632
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Accommodation Orongo Bay Holiday Park, Russell 09 403 7704. Wairoro Park, near Russell 09 403 7255.
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities
Closest Town(s)
Paihia Or Russell
Managed by
BoI Walkways Trust & Far North District Council
Thanks to
Waikare Marae
Northern Start
Opua Wharf, Opua, Bay of Islands
Southern End
Waikare
Distance
13km (water) 21.5km (road)
Time
Variable
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

Waikare Connection

Two options exist to negotiate the Waikare Inlet through to the start of the Russell Forest Track -  by water or by road.
There is also the option to ferry to Russell (from Paihia, and a chance to explore some of New Zealand's history in Russell) or Okiato (from Opua) and connect with Sheryl Wikaere (see details in "Additional Information") and travel with her to Waikare - though this is unsuitable for bigger groups. Please offer Sheryl a koha/donation if using this as an option.

Water
Water taxi services run from Opua up to Waikare Landing at the head of the Waikare Estuary but the Landing is tide dependent, so the run has to be carefully  timed. 
Phone 0800 387892 or 021 02587021, or email info@wainot.co.nz
The cost is $150 (minimum) for up to 7 people - it'll be less per person if you bunch with other TA walkers.
The operators can also offer a vehicle transfer from Russell or Okiato - this is $100 (minimum) for up to four people.

Great Escape Charters www.greatescape.co.nz - contact Darren Crawford P: 09 4027143 - $100 per boat trip

Another option is to kayak up the inlet with Bay Beach Hire (click for info poster), phone 0800 611440 or 021 1894204. This company is based on the beach at Paihia, and if you're going to kayak up to Waikare, Paihia is a better start point than Opua. It's better to travel in a group or two or three, which will reduce costs. The paddle from Paihia to Waikare takes between 3-4hr depending on weather conditions and fitness levels, and should only be done by persons with some experience. Cellphone reception is zero once past Marriott Island so GPS or good map skills are needed.
Pricing - 2 persons $100pp, 3 persons $90pp, 4 persons $80pp, 5 persons $75pp, 6 persons or more $70pp.
Includes kayak hire, pack transport to Waikare, kayak pickup, dry bags, maps, full safety equipment.
Further details at www.baybeachhire.co.nz

Road
From Opua, take the vehicular ferry over the Veronica Channel to Okiato. From there, follow Aucks Rd for 4.5km to its junction to the Russell-Whakapara Rd. Turn right and follow that road for 10km before turning right onto Waikare Rd. A further 7km brings you to Waikare landing, and Waikare Valley Rd directly opposite.

If you want a  more relaxing route between exiting the ferry and joining with the Russell-Whakapara Rd, then turn left into Pipiroa Rd soon after leaving the ferry and link to the “Okiato to Russell Walkway”. This goes through wetland, bush, and around cliffs to rejoin Aucks Rd just before its junction with the Russell-Whakapara Rd.  It is several kilometres longer than walking directly through to the Russell-Whakapara Rd on Aucks Rd, but does take you off-road and is a good coastal meander if you have time. 

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track If kayaking, be alert for other water users
  • Poisons & traps
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
Description
(North to South)

Waikare Connection

Two options exist to negotiate the Waikare Inlet through to the start of the Russell Forest Track -  by water or by road.
There is also the option to ferry to Russell (from Paihia, and a chance to explore some of New Zealand's history in Russell) or Okiato (from Opua) and connect with Sheryl Wikaere (see details in "Additional Information") and travel with her to Waikare - though this is unsuitable for bigger groups. Please offer Sheryl a koha/donation if using this as an option.

Water
Water taxi services run from Opua up to Waikare Landing at the head of the Waikare Estuary but the Landing is tide dependent, so the run has to be carefully  timed. 
Phone 0800 387892 or 021 02587021, or email info@wainot.co.nz
The cost is $150 (minimum) for up to 7 people - it'll be less per person if you bunch with other TA walkers.
The operators can also offer a vehicle transfer from Russell or Okiato - this is $100 (minimum) for up to four people.

Great Escape Charters www.greatescape.co.nz - contact Darren Crawford P: 09 4027143 - $100 per boat trip

Another option is to kayak up the inlet with Bay Beach Hire (click for info poster), phone 0800 611440 or 021 1894204. This company is based on the beach at Paihia, and if you're going to kayak up to Waikare, Paihia is a better start point than Opua. It's better to travel in a group or two or three, which will reduce costs. The paddle from Paihia to Waikare takes between 3-4hr depending on weather conditions and fitness levels, and should only be done by persons with some experience. Cellphone reception is zero once past Marriott Island so GPS or good map skills are needed.
Pricing - 2 persons $100pp, 3 persons $90pp, 4 persons $80pp, 5 persons $75pp, 6 persons or more $70pp.
Includes kayak hire, pack transport to Waikare, kayak pickup, dry bags, maps, full safety equipment.
Further details at www.baybeachhire.co.nz

Road
From Opua, take the vehicular ferry over the Veronica Channel to Okiato. From there, follow Aucks Rd for 4.5km to its junction to the Russell-Whakapara Rd. Turn right and follow that road for 10km before turning right onto Waikare Rd. A further 7km brings you to Waikare landing, and Waikare Valley Rd directly opposite.

If you want a  more relaxing route between exiting the ferry and joining with the Russell-Whakapara Rd, then turn left into Pipiroa Rd soon after leaving the ferry and link to the “Okiato to Russell Walkway”. This goes through wetland, bush, and around cliffs to rejoin Aucks Rd just before its junction with the Russell-Whakapara Rd.  It is several kilometres longer than walking directly through to the Russell-Whakapara Rd on Aucks Rd, but does take you off-road and is a good coastal meander if you have time. 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Waikare

Waikare

For information re Waikare amenities, contact Sheryl Wikaire on P: 027 3093476 E: peter1.sheryl@gmail.com
Sheryl can occasionally supply transport from Russell to Waikare (outside work hours), contact her to discuss.
Sheryl also has tenting available for walkers at Waikare (koha/donation please) - call Sheryl, or information at the Russell GAS station.
Sheryl's place is 1km from the Russell Forest at 228D Waikare Valley Rd, just phone or text to arrange.
Note that Sheryl's place is "off the grid"!

For information regarding Waikare amenities contact Sheryl Wikaire 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • No litter
  • No dogs Or allowed on a lead (Kiwi Zone)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Accommodation Opua Seaview Motel 09 402 7632
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Accommodation Orongo Bay Holiday Park, Russell 09 403 7704. Wairoro Park, near Russell 09 403 7255.
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities
Closest Town(s)
Paihia Or Russell
Managed by
BoI Walkways Trust & Far North District Council
Thanks to
Waikare Marae