A short stroll from the rear of the property will you find yourself at the top of the steps that take you to Oke Bay beach, rated one of the best beaches in Northland. From this point you get breathtaking views of the area and are instantly drawn to the white sandy beach and crystal clear aqua water. At low tide this beach is a kids playground and ideal for beach cricket, all year round! The swimming is safe for children, with parental guidance, and kids love exploring the shells & seal life amongst the waterholes in the rocks. Dolphins often come into this bay to play, it’s very likely you’ll see them & if the timing in right and are you are able to get into the water there a good chance you will get to swim with them.
The famous Cape Brett Walkway starts only meters the Oke Beach House. Cape Brett Track traverses through native and regenerating bush. It runs along the ridge through Maori-owned land, before reaching conservation land at Deep Water Cove – Manawahuna for the last 6 km of the track. You can take a side-track (1 hr return) down to Deep Water Cove, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and snorkel. From the forested ridges, you can take in spectacular coastal scenery. Towards the Cape, walking alongside the dramatic cliff-face, you can see abundant fish and bird life below – often dolphins and seals will come close to shore. From Deep Water Cove onwards, the track gets more challenging and becomes quite exposed with steep drop-offs to the sea below. Although it is not that far to the lighthouse, it will take you about 2-3 hours, and can be quite tiring. The effort is rewarded with outstanding views of the outer Bay of Islands, north to the Cavalli Islands and south to Whangaruru and beyond to the Poor Knights Islands. The track is 16.3km’s long one way, and you should allow 8 hours to walk the full length to the light house. This track equates to approximately 26,666 steps.
Deep Water Cove is located near the tip of Cape Brett at the southern entrance to the Bay of Islands. Once an early whaling station it became a popular dive location due to the sinking of the HMNZS Canterbury in November 2007. In December 2010 a rahui (fishing ban) was placed on it and the marine life is spectacular for snorkelling. The cove is a popular anchorage and shelter for boats after they first enter the bay. There is no road access to the cove. You can walk the Cape Brett Walkway or we can arrange a private pick up or drop off for the return walk.
Set in stunning coastal surrounds, this is the largest of all the 140 beautiful islands in the Bay of Islands. An easy kayak or a short boat trip from Hauai Bay, this island is packed with fantastic walking tracks, ranging from 1 hour strolls to 5 hour hikes, so whatever your fitness level you will find something. During the summer months the cafe & bar are open at Otehei Bay. We can arrange your private boat transport.