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Urupukapuka island archaelogical walk

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Urupukapuka Island, New Zealand

New Zealand day or short walks on Urupukapuka island exploring archeological sites, enjoying scenic views of the Bay of Islands and Russell.


  • Adventure starts with a ferry ride as the island is only accessible by boat
  • Over 8 archeological sites with information plaques, over 60 recorded sites
  • Walking sections providing options for families and those with limited time
  • Stunning views of the Bay of Islands and Otehei Bay

Tracks start / finish at Otehei Bay and range from a half hour stroll to hikes ascending cliff tops and circumnavigating the island on a loop track. The island is an instagram favourite for its views and scenic outlook. You will pass strategic pa sites, be tempted to stop at small sandy beaches for dip and all the while the turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands is part of the landscape.

  • Length: 7.3 km (total length)
Summer's day on Urupukapuka Island, New Zealand
Summer's day on Urupukapuka Island


Otehei Bay is the gateway to Urupukapuka Island, with a large wharf facility for commercial boats that travel throughout the day from Paihia and Russell. Smaller water taxi services are also available. There is a cafe and general store at Otehei Bay.

The day walk is managed by the Department of Conservation, Urupukapuka Island Walk – Northland. For tips on recommended clothing and supplies check North Island ultimate day walks , what to wear, supplies and fitness required. Remember to check the local weather report before departing.

The walk is designed in a clockwise direction and may be joined at most larger bays for individuals travelling to the island on private boats.


Urupukapuka Island has a subtropical climate that is relatively warm all year. Year round the track is open however weather conditions can affect the track or pest control measures. Autumn and spring are ideal times as there is not much shelter from the sun in the middle of summer. You should check before departing Urupukapuka Island Walk – Northland.


Want to spend more island time, check out Urupukapuka Bay Campsite, a scenic DOC site with bookings required. The idyllic campsite is beachfront.

Hiking trail on Urupukapuka Island, New Zealand
Hiking trail on Urupukapuka Island


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