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Our clients say:

Camp itself was excellent. Booking service, camp facilities, and Marcel were all excellent ...

Kerrin Thomson
Shore Grace Church - March 2010


I just wanted to pass on much thanks and appreciation for all your efforts in accommodating our needs re: our booking of Houghtons bush camp last weekend. The camp up there is an awesome facility and our group had a wonderful time ...

Solo Mailata
Te Atatu Union Church

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Walks from Houghtons Bush Camp

The coastal landscapes, forests, farmland and regional park provide a wide variety of scenic walks. Apart from the spectacular beach and close-up gannet colony there are several private walks available within the camp property and the adjacent farm.

Muriwai Beach
Time: 35 minutes one way
Distance: 2 km one way
Category: Easy
Description: You can choose a trail through native and exotic forests or simply follow the road. The 50 km black-sand surf beach offers wide open spaces and a wild remote feel. At low tide you can explore a sea cave that’s home to large starfish. You’ll also discover archaeological rock formations and great examples of pillow lava.

The gannet colony
Time: 40 minutes one way
Distance: 2 km one way
Category: Easy
Description: Take the trail to the beach and climb the path to the headland or follow the road. Two viewing platforms offer spectacular views of the colony, the beach and the Tasman Sea. Fascinating information about the gannets is on display.

490 steps to top of ridge
Time: 3 hours return
Distance: 5 km loop return
Category: Moderate – reasonable fitness required
Description: Beginning near the gannet colony, this walk includes 490 steps to the top of a ridge, passing through native forest for most of the way. Your efforts are rewarded with amazing views and a lasting sense of achievement.

The lake
Time: 30 minutes one way
Distance: 1.5 km one way
Category: Easy
Description: Walk through the camp’s native forest and over private farmland. The lake is surrounded by pasture and is ideal for canoeing and swimming. Permission is required from the farm owners. For contact details see contact or locate.

The waterfall
Time: 1 hour one way
Distance: 3 km one way
Category: Easy
Description: Walk through native forest and over private farmland to reach a beautiful secluded waterfall. The trail ends on a grassed area at the edge of a tiny lake with the waterfall cascading down a curved cliff on the far shore. Permission is required from the farm owners. For contact details see contact or locate.

Old Maori Pa – onsite
Time: 10 minutes one way
Distance: 500 m one way
Category: Easy
Description: Set in native forest within the camp’s borders, this short trail leads to a documented Maori Pa site. Earth formations are visible among the native trees that now cover most of the site. It’s a powerful place to think about those who walked barefoot on the land before us, and our responsibility to take care of the environment for future generations. Visitors are asked to respect the significance of the area by taking care to leave it intact. Digging, clearing, removal of material or any form of damage are prohibited.

Bush track – onsite
Time: 20 minutes one way
Distance: 1 km one way
Category: Easy
Description: Explore native forest without leaving the camp property. This peaceful walk features large kauri trees and provides a great opportunity to identify native birds and plants.

Bush and steep gully track – onsite
Time: 40 minutes one way
Distance: 1.5 km one way
Category: Easy to moderate
Description: Extend your walk through the camp’s native forest with the reward of completing a fairly steep section into and out of a beautiful gully. This track is a favourite with many of our visitors and best of all you’ll have it all to yourself.