Cape Brett Walkway
Cape Brett Walkway
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Kuldip
Auckland, New Zealand19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We took water taxi from Oke bay to Deep Water Cove. It took us 3 hours to reach @ Hut due to tons of pictures on the way!

@ night: Stargazing! Go down till water & you will find lots of Crabs!!

Next day Morning:
One of the most beautiful Sunrise I have seen with breathtaking views!!

Later started trail till Oke bay. Tiring!! Super tiring!!
4 ltr water at least!! I had water filter so experienced drinking from streams. Else, you won’t find water till end!! ( in the last 5 km found two water tanks but not suitable for drink if you don’t have filter). With all rests, pics, activities, it took 9:30hrs to reach at the end. Go slow & inhale every bit.

Throughly enjoyed.
Written 10 March 2024
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John bishton
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Take 4ltrs water each bare minimum. Be fit of leg and strong of mind or just train hard.
Having said that its incredibly rewarding and a unique walk.
5 stars
Written 14 March 2023
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St John Castle
United Kingdom44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We loved the Cape Brett Trail. We are a couple of fairly fit 50 something Brits who like a good hike (or Tramp as they call it in NZ). We had booked the Cape Brett Hut for a night - returning via the Deep Water Cove ferry the following day.
We parked at 253 Rawhiti Road … where an honesty box will happily accept your $10 NZD note. From here, turn right onto the road, and the start of the Trail is 400m along the road - through an archway on the right. The Trail itself is really well kept and impossible to take a wrong turning. Helpful waymarkers tell you that you are on the correct route, and count down each of the 16km of the trail to the hut. We would say that 75% of the route is shaded under tree cover - interspersed with terrific views of the Ocean. The trail opens out a bit towards the end … with only one very small section where you might feel some slight vertigo - but honestly it is a very safe and easy to navigate route. What you do need to know is this is not an easy walk. There is very little flat - it undulates for the the whole trail … and you climb about 1100m in total. So you do need a decent amount of fitness. The Hut at the end is great - two big dormer rooms of bunks - and a smaller room with just two bunks if you are lucky enough to get that. The cooking facilities are good and the toilets (x2) clean and well maintained. You can walk down to the small “bay” (which used to be the lighthouse service point) and swim to relax after your walk. If you choose to take the 15m water taxi back from Deep Water Cove ($60) after your night in the hut, then you should allow 2-3 hours for this walk. It follows the trail back the way you came - with a turn off that is very clearly signposted.
Written 15 January 2023
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299nickk
Titirangi, New Zealand4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
We took a water taxi from Russell to Deep Water Cove. From there it’s a 2.5 hour hike to the Doc hut. It is spectacular!!!! Possible the most beautiful vistas we’ve seen in New Zealand, but be prepared for hard yaka. It is pretty much constant hills and we were both pretty exhausted by the end. And bring at least 3 litres of water each if you are doing the 9:30 drop off and 4:30 pick up. That leaves you with only an hour to recover at hut where you cannot refill any water
Written 26 February 2022
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Helen B
Tauranga, New Zealand160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Dramatic and stunning scenery set against an ocean backdrop. On the walk out to Cape Brett the first glimpse of the lighthouse top is reassuring, as the walk is challenging whether you walk from Oke Bay or Deep Water Cove. The track provides bursts of scenery through the bush and clear direction where you are heading. Outstanding! Later I sat in the sun at the landing and marveled at the colours of the sea kelp and seals basking on the rocks.
Written 1 July 2021
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Greg F
Auckland Central, New Zealand997 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
My partner and I walked the Cape Brett Track in early December. We are both in our 30's and moderately fit. This is as described an Advanced and demanding hike, both for length of time and steepness of the climb. Remember to carry enough water, as there is no water along the way and sometimes the water at the hut is also not drinkable. We carried 1.5 liters of water each, which sufficed.

We camped the night before at Kaingahoa Marae at Rawhiti so we could get an early start to the Cape Brett Track. The campsite is 15 dollars per person per night. and you can park your car there while you do the hike for an additional 10 dollars per night.The Marae is about a 10 minutes walk from the start of the track, where there is a board for the Oke Bay Reserve and Cape Brett Track, with stairs leading up. The total distance from this point is 16.4 km to the Hut. There are markers approximately every 1 km and in addition, the track is well marked and maintained.

Remember that if you walk the track from Oke Bay to Deepwater Cove, like we did, you need a permit for this section, which can be purchased online at 40 NZD per person on the DOC website. If you walk only from Deepwater cove to the Cape Brett hut, you do not need the permit.

We started the track at 6.30 AM. As soon as you start, it's a climb up hill to Pukehia at 345 m. It took us about an hour to get to this first lookout. From here you have somewhat of a downhill stretch until the the predator fence an hour later. The track is mostly through the bush with a few lookouts along the way. There is a private hut along the way which we got to around 10 AM near the 9KM marker. We rested here for about half an hour, before continuing. After about an hour and a half, we passed the 12 KM marker which is the intersection of the Deepwater cove turn-off. For your reference we got here at exactly at 12 PM, which would be 5.5 hour from the start of the track, giving you plenty of time to complete the remaining and challenging bit of the trek.

After the Deepwater Cove, the track climbs relatively steeply, it is after this point that the views start to get truly stunning. There are about 3 sharp descents and ascents on your way to the light house from here. So take your time and enjoy the views. We rested quiet a bit along the way and even with 4 relatively long breaks we still reached the Cape Brett Hut by 4 PM.

The Cape Brett Hut is located at a beautiful spot at the bottom of the hill, about 15 minutes from the lighthouse. (A stunning location). Well equipped hut with gas, utensils, and mattresses on the bunks. Drinking water was available about 100m from the hut to fill our bottles.

The following morning we left the hut by 7 AM after breakfast, retracing our steps all the way to DeepWater Cove. Of course this meant doing the challenging section of the hike again, so we started early even though our water taxi was booked for 11am from Deep water cove. With a couple of stops, we de it to Deepwater cove by 10 AM, giving us sometime to relax on the grass embankment.
We booked our return water taxi with Sea Shuttle Water Taxi for 50 NZD per person from DeepWater to Oke Bay.

There are a few other companies like Wai Not Tourism & BOI water taxi and it does pay to look around to see which timing best suits your needs. The prices are the same.

Overall a good trail and epic views towards the end. In all honestly, if I had to do it again, I would take the Water taxi to and from Deepwater Cove and walk the section to the Cape Brett Hut, as this has the best views and is the most challenging. Do stay overnight as it is beautiful at Sunrise and Sunset !
Happy hiking !
Written 8 December 2020
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Susan d
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
beautiful tramp, tough but rewarding - you need to be quite fit! Scenery is just amazing. Distance markers along the track may not be so accurate though.
Written 8 March 2020
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Jeff B
Milford, CT55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
So yes the track is tough, and yes the scenes over the last three kilometers are spectacular. Almost impossible to find online a reliable estimate of elevation gain - Strava gave me a calc of 3600 feet for one-way distance of 10.1 miles, but that seems high. It’s gotta be 3000 at least and some of that is steep and/or tricky - be prepared. You must be fit. The hike in took us 8 hours and the two of us arrived at the hut exhausted and having downed almost two litres of water apiece of the six total litres we carried. No water at the hut because of drought and only a few muddy and stagnant pools along the way. Knowing that we would face another very hot day hiking back, we called for a water taxi pickup at Deep Water Cove, which is about 5k from the hut along the most dramatic part of the trail and beautiful spot for a swim, expensive but worth it. (Surprisingly, we had cell signal the entire hike, including the hut.) Closing, we LOVED the hike despite the challenges. Very wild place - we saw exactly two other hikers over two days on the track. We were alone for the night at the hut. Stunning sky, clouds, birds, monumental blocks of stone. Go here if you can.
Written 5 February 2020
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Andy D
Auckland, New Zealand32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A big walk, lots of hills, spectacular views. Were able to pay track fees and water-taxi charges by phone through Russell Info Centre - that was helpful. Did the walk on a hot day, take plenty of water. We got by, on the walk and in the hut overnight, with 3 litres of water per person. Take more if you are walking both ways.Hut a little scruffy, not the array of cooking utensils and cleaning stuff that we were expecting, definitely take your own cutlery, mug, plates. Toilets, in mid-summer were diabolical - avoid if possible! Water taxi from Cape Brett back to Rawhiti was only 20 minutes; would recommend that. Take insect repellent for night-time mosquitoes.
Written 1 February 2020
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Sunshine802705
Hamilton, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was an 8 hours walk but we did it in 7 hours, and the terrain is not as difficult as other trekking I have done before. The duration was long but then it would be probably best to take more breaks than we did. The view at the end was breathtaking. Truly rewarding. The hut was like backpackers facilities. No bathroom just a pit toilet which was understandable with the remote location. A bit crowded with more than 20 people and can be noisy as well. We did it on the weekend and next time I would probably do it on the weekdays where the hut will be less crowded. Cooking facilities are provided as well. Probably best to prebooked your water taxi pick prior to the walk if you not planning to do another 8 hours back. There is phone reception but not as clear. Truly an experience hard to forget. Strongly recommend this activity if you up for a challenge.
Written 8 January 2020
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