Almost certainly the best track within 30 mins of the CBD. This easy 16km return (though shorter options available) tramp has it all – bush, beach, coastal track, wildlife and a historic homestead.
The track is just north of Long Bay, and winds it’s way along the Okura River Estuary, through coastal forest to Karepiro Bay and historic Dacre Cottage, then onto Stillwater. I’ve walked it a couple of times now, starting from Haighs Access Road, where there is plenty of parking (though no toilet facilities until you reach Dacre Cottage, 4.8km in).
Kicks off with a bridge and well maintained track through some beautiful bush, with mature trees including Kauri.
There’s a rather nice view over Karepiro Bay and Dacre Cottage before descending down to the beach.
Dacre Cottage is a tiny homestead that dates back to the 1850s, with a rather colourful barn!
From there you can make your way around the base of the cliffs, though this can be a little tricky at high tide!
This will take you close to Stillwater and New Zealand dotterel nesting areas so please be careful in these beautiful if fragile areas.
From here you can return via an overland track to Dacre cottage and then back to Haighs Access Road.