Auckland, New Zealand
One way – 7.4km, 1hr 45 mins
If you live locally and haven’t made it to ‘Okura Bush Walk’….get out there! It is a hidden, little jewel of a trail where you feel like you’re wandering along a scenic coastline and bush track far removed from suburbia.
We started at the Stillwater end where the entrance is just by Stillwater Campground. The trail starts with a peaceful, grassy track that leads out through a protected bird nesting area to Stillwater “beach”. If you’d like to walk around the rocks from here to Karepiro Bay you’ll need to plan for low tide. Otherwise, you can take the marked trail which follows a steepish route over the headland. This option offers expansive views of Karepiro Bay and the Hauraki Gulf but in my opinion ambling around the coastline’s marine reserve is the more interesting route.
At the northern end of Karepiro Bay sits the restored historic Dacre Cottage. Dacre Cottage is a small, brick building built in the 1850s by Henry Dacre who was the son of a retired sea captain that bought the Weiti block in 1848. This is a picture-perfect spot for a drink break or quick snack and although the building is closed up it’s worth a short stop.
Walking towards the end of Karepiro Bay there are some challenging stairs that will give your lungs a work-out. These lead to the top of the cliff where you’ll be rewarded with some amazing sea views. Make sure you take the time to look back and appreciate your surroundings. It’s an honest excuse to stop too!
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