Cape Brett is rich in early Maori history with remains of ancient pa sites (fortified villages) visible at various locations. There is also an electric fence that crosses the width of the peninsular, designed to reduce the impact of possums on coastal bush. The 14-metre high Cape Brett lighthouse stands at the entrance to the Bay of Islands.
You can walk Cape Brett or Whangamumu tracks through beaches and native and regenerating bush.
On your way to Cape Brett Lighthouse you’ll walk through native and regenerating bush. Rich in ancient Maori history, a number of pa sites also exist in the area. Whangamumu Harbour was once a whaling station.
Whether interested in walking the Cape Brett or Whangamumu tracks, taking a refreshing swim and snorkel at Deep Water Cover or learning more about the area's Maori history there is much to do in the Cape Brett area.
The Cape Brett Hut used to be the assistant lighthouse keeper's house until it was converted into a hut that accommodates 23 people.
Because of the steep cliffs and bluffs in the Cape Brett area it's important to stay on the track at all times. View a map of Cape Brett.
You can visit the historic Cape Brett Lighthouse that stands at the entrance to the Bay of Islands.
Videos from the TVNZ programmes 'North' and 'Coasters' take you to Cape Brett, the Cape Brett Track and the Cape Brett Lighthouse.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services at Cape Brett.
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