Bream Head is located at the southern most tip of a peninsula at the mouth of the Whangarei Harbor in New Zealand's Northland region the area is popular with outdoor fanatics with stunning views and fantastic coastal and bush walks.
Bream Head covers a large area which extends from Ocean Beach on the eastern side through to Urquharts Bay on the western side of the peninsula the mountain range includes the Te Whara Track which runs from Ocean Beach to Smugglers Bay.
This area has alot of history attached as the place was popular with early Maori, there are remnants of pa sites all through the Bream Head area, the highest point was also the location of a radar which is still visible on the Te Whara track summit walk.
On the Western side of Bream Head reserve is a gun emplacement that was placed there in 1942 to protect the Whangarei Harbour from invasion only three shots were ever fired from the gun and the gun emplacement and shelters are still visible today.
The Bream Head coastal walk starts from Ocean Beach car park turn right once on the beach and head towards the headland at the end of the beach this walk can only be attempted at low tide or you will be trapped by the rising tide.
There are two ways over the headland the easy way is around the rocks at low tide or follow the sand track up and over the headland, this way is a steep decent down soft sand to the beach below.
The first part of the walk is an easy stroll along the stunning beach then the boulders start which can be slippery and lose under foot around forty minutes later you will arrive at the gut a short climb down the rocks and into the water will see you back on solid ground.
This section is not possible to cross on the rising tide as the water will be too deep to navagate and you will be around half way to the Rocky headland so you will need to allow enough time to return back to the crossing before the tide gets to high.
From the crossing to the point the walk is a mix of small boulders and stable rock with guts thrown in the mix, the views here out to the Hen and Chicken Islands and the rock headland are stunning and the return walk back provides fantastic views back up the coast and small islands just off the beach.
This walk is suitable for experienced hikers as the terrain is sometimes difficult with lose and slippery boulders to contend with and the odd ocassion where you will need to scale large boulders the walk to the crossing is around forty five minutes and around that again to the point you need to time the walk on the falling tide and return back as the tide turns.