Bream Bay Walk

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Closest towns[edit]

Ruakaka River Crossing[edit]

The river is crossable at low tide but unreliable due to flooding and moving channel. Best to walk to the Ruakaka town centre, resupply then walk down Marsden point Road to Ruakaka Beach Road which will take you to the Motor Camp.

Alternatively you can call Simon from Ruakaka Kayaking who lives on Princes St on the South side of the river. By pre-arrangement he may be able to collect you with kayaks. Ph 09-432 8668. You can camp on his lawn also.

This needs comment from those who have crossed this river.


Ruakaka Motor Camp. 21 Ruakaka Beach Road. Ph 09 4327590. email: Web:

Simon. 8 Princes Road, Ruakaka. Ph 09-432 8668 (offer Koha)

Water Supply[edit]


Amenities (Start)[edit]

  • Car park
  • Toilets

Amenities (On Route)[edit]

  • Full range of amenities at Ruakaka Township. Detour off the beach at 35 52.884S 174 28.028E to the Ruakaka Town Centre, Peter Snell Road / Marsden Point Rd. Check the web page below

Ruakaka Supervalue

Westpac Bank and ATM

Unichem Pharmacy

Bream Bay Medical Centre

Foursquare Foodmarket

Amenities (End)[edit]

  • Full range of amenities at nearby Waipu Town

Extra Info[edit]

Note: The trail is around the beach and under the wharf at Marsden Point. It does not exactly follow the GPS track that appears to go through the refinery.

Note: for hikers heading north from Marsden Point to Reotahi, Duncan Thorpe and Peter Cross can get people across. Call them as far in advance as possible - 021 08381171.

Detour option available

The Marsden Point Oil Refinery Visitors Centre, Marsden Pt, Ruakaka - P: 09 432 8194. Display includes a 130sqm working scale model and an impressive 20 minute light and sound show. Photographs, records and models show the huge pipeline that stretches from Marsden Point all the way to Wiri in South Auckland.

Getting there/away

Marsden flyer - Ruakaka Shuttle Services - P: 09 432 8158

A 2 B Auckland Airport Direct Shuttle (to/from Whangarei, Marsden Point, Ruakaka - P: 09 459 5221 or 027 273 7307


Ruakaka Reserve Motor Camp - 21 Ruakaka Beach Rd, located on the beachfront/estuary. Tent sites and cabins - P: 09 432 7590 - E:

Bream Bay Motel - 67 Bream Bay Drive - P: 09 432 7166 - E: -

Uretiti Beach DOC Campsite - located between beach and SH 1, 5 kms north of Waipu - P: 09 432 1051 - - Campsites, toilets, water, cold showers. No bookings.


Supervalue Ruakaka - Open 7 days, 7am - 9pm - Shop 24 - P: 09 432 7400

Bream Bay 4 Square foodmarket - Shop 1.


Ruakaka Medical Centre - P: 09 432 7211

Potential Hazards[edit]

  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide


  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No taking plants
  • No camping
  • No fires


  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Wildlife Sanctuary - Avoid dune nesting sites; no dogs allowed