This track been included as one of the Top 5 Great Day Walks by Department of Conservation (DOC) and Tourism New Zealand.
The most challenging walk in the area but also the most rewarding. Following a historic Maori trail through heritage coastal forest, Te Whara track links Urquharts Bay with Ocean Beach. A challenging start sees you climb to the summit of Mt Lion (395m) via wooden steps. Then an undulating track makes its way along the ridge towards Bream Head (476m).
The track passes the ruins of a WWII Naval Radar Station, then opens out into grassland for an easy walk down to Ocean Beach with expansive views of the coast
With amazing views, some of the best coastal forest in the North Island and beautiful bird life, this track deserve its Top 5 placing.
Time: 5-6 hours
Track Type: Wooden steps, steep, slippery terrain, tree roots
Distance: 7.5 km one way
For more information on this walk including maps click on the Discover Whangarei Heads logo below and visit www.doc.govt.nz
Available on Full Day Shuttle option only
An alternative option is to complete the second half of the track being Te Whara Loop. This walk is 2-3 hours. This can be combined with Peach Cove Track to make a full day walk. Or you could relax at the beach afterwards.