Tapeka Point is located just north of Russell in the beautiful Bay Of Islands in New Zealand's Northland Region, The point forms a headland that stretches into the bay between Paihia and the Te Rawhiti Inlet.
The headland was a Pa occupied by the local Maori people and Captain Cook sailed his ship into the area in 1769, Russell just across the bay from Tapeka Point has a rich history and was the first capital of New Zealand and one of the very first European settlements in the area.
There are two options to get to Tapeka Point the first is a long drive around the Northland Forest Park and accross the end of Waikare Inlet, and the second option is accross the bay on the Opua to Okiato car ferry.
The first option through the Northland Forest Park is the most scenic with stunning bush views and scenic landscapes but will add one hour to the trip, the car ferry is the preferred option for most people with vehicles or if you do not have a vehicle there is a passenger ferry that leaves from Paihia to Russell, and will take 10 minutes from the Opua Terminal and a little longer from Paihia.
The stunning walkway starts at the end of Du Fresne Place, there is very little parking here, but more parking is available back by the beach carpark then a short walk up Du Fresne Place, the track is difficult to find as it goes through private property just follow the small signs on the roadside.
Form Du Fresne Place the track winds up a steep hillside to the Pa site at the summit of the headland, the surface is grass and dirt which would be extremely slippery in adverse conditions and with vertical drops to the rocks below care needs to be taken with children.
From the summit the track descends down into a gully then up a steep clay track with foot holds to the headland, here there are breath taking views north to Moturoa Island, east to Motorua Island and the Te Rawhiti Inlet, Urupukapuka Island is also visible in the distance.
The track is rated as easy and suitable for all the family and will take around twenty minutes one way out to the headland, extreme care should be taken during adverse and wet conditions with vertical drops and a slippery surface the rewards of stunning views are well worth the effort.