GRADE 3: From the road, Bald Rock looks like a huge sphere beckoning passing walkers. Take the two kilometre climb up this distinctive outcrop to experience 360 degree panoramic views from the Kaipara Harbour to Mangawhai. Bald Rock is an unusual outcrop of grey/white sandstone, known as NZ’s ‘half dome’.
Walk through lush regenerating kauri forest known locally as ‘Pretty Bush’. Both walks are rich in history and are led by local identities who are direct descendants of the first European settlers who once lived beside this outstanding landmark.
Degree of difficulty: While this walk is on a well formed track it climbs steadily before a short narrow ridge onto Bald Rock itself. Walkers can choose not to undertake this final section. The rest of the walk is on flat to rolling pasture.
Equipment: Good walking shoes will suffice although boots would be better. A walking pole if you normally carry one.
Carpool: Departs Sunday 9.30am, 3-4hrs, $20.00
Permission for access is granted at the generosity of The Estate Of Thomas Coates