Waikare Connection - by Road (Bypass)
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 and travel with her to Waikare - there will be a cost involved and this is unsuitable for bigger groups.
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
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.
Opua Canoe bypass
- 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
How to get here
Northern Start: Opua Wharf, Opua, Bay of Islands
Southern End: Waikare
Map of Track
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