GRADE 4: This outstanding walk covers four public pathways: starting at the picturesque Matheson Bay, the track continues alongside a stream through bush and mature kauri to a series of delightful small waterfalls.
We then take the scenic Leigh coastal walk around Leigh Harbour, continuing through bush to a small pretty bay for lunch.
A two kilometre road walk then offers expansive views before crossing farmland to join the walk to Goat Island through regenerating bush with great views of Little Barrier Island, Great Barrier Island and the Mokohinau Islands.
Keep a look out for dolphins! This walk has a section with a demanding climb of 165 steps.
Degree of difficulty: A reasonably demanding walk both in length and topography. Some steep steps, and a long climb on a gravel road. Good level of fitness required.
Equipment: Boots highly recommended, walking pole useful.
Bus: Departs Saturday 8.55am, 6-7hrs (including one hour travel each way) $35.00