We’ve saved the best for last. The Cape Brett Track, easily the best one-day walk in Northland, follows a rugged peninsula jutting into the Pacific with jaw-dropping views on all sides. You’ll start off in shady coastal bush which gradually gives way to wind-swept scrub and finally an exposed rocky ridge. Don’t be fooled by the relatively short distance – a lot of up and down makes this a challenging day. When you crest the final hill and a panorama of ocean, sheer-sided islands and a historic lighthouse opens up before you, you’ll realise it’s been more than worth it. To cap it all off, Bob, your water taxi driver, will pick you up from the rocks below the old lighthouse keeper’s cottage (conditions permitting and you’ll need a reasonable sense of balance) and take you through the iconic Hole in the Rock by boat before returning you to Russell.
Walking: Moderate to challenging / 16kms / 6-8hrs
Meals: Cooked breakfast and lunch pack provided
Accommodation: Russell in ensuited rooms