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Cape Brett Canter, Northland

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Cape Brett CanterIntermediate

Submitted by Paul Barnes

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Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops


9:00 (Slow)
7:00 (Moderate)
5:00 (Fast)



Whangamumu Track, Kauri Ridge Track and Te Toroa track are all "temporarily" closed since 2 April 2021 to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback. If you have an update on this status please email us

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PLEASE NOTE: Part of the track passes through private land. While landowner "permission" as such is not required, track fees are payable, which can be done through DOC website.

This is a continuously hilly track following the Whangamumu Track, Kauri Ridge Track and Cape Brett Walkway. Follow the Whangamumu Track via Te Toroa Bay to the Cape Brett Track junction, turn right and follow all the way to Cape Brett (20k return from this point) where you can usually refill your water (check DOC website!) The last 4k around Cape Brett are the hilliest so beware! Return along the same route except carry on straight through the junction with the Whangamumu Track, up the next big hill and turn left at the junction near the top and follow the Kauri Ridge Track down to join the Whangamumu track again. Turn right and you are back at the car after a couple of kms.

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Features of interest

Lighthouse, historic whaling station and lighthouse keepers hut, birdlife, amazing views of Bay of Islands.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 45%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%

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  • Access

    Park opposite the Whangamumu track signage and stile. On the road out to Rawhiti.

    Parking area opposite the sign on the roadside. Fairly safe with clear visibility from road.

    26 km

    31 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Turn right at Whangamumu / Cape Brett tracks junction on the way out. Go straight on at the same junction on return and turn left at the next junction near the top of the final big hill.


    Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    Water tank at the Cape Brett hut, although this can run dry in drought conditions or if the tank is leaking, so check DOC website before going. There is another tank at the Cape Brett track junction although this should be sterilised first. There is a small drinkable stream near the Deepwater Cove junction although it would be wise to sterilise this too. You can carry in some bottles and stash at the Cape Brett track junction for the way home.

    Has clay sections that can be slippery after heavy rain.

    Be careful on the knife-edge ridge section near the lighthouse. There are several other large 'drop-offs' to watch out for too.

  • Post run indulgence

    Duke of Marlborough
    Good beer and food. Historic.

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