Best bird watching trails in Northland, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Northland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Northland, New Zealand
Top trails (22)
#1 - Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway
Mangawhai, Northland, New Zealand
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
Nice walk along the coast with scenic views. Definitely check the tides to do the loop through the beach!Show more
#2 - Omiru Trig Path to Mahinepua Bay Peninsula
Kaeo, Northland, New Zealand
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
One of the most spectacular short hikes on the North Island, and perhaps in all of New Zealand, is the Mahinepua Bay walk. The hike packs quite a wallop as it takes you to a secluded, sandy beach only reachable by a short gravel road (quite passable by car) where the trail begins on the left side of the beach as you face the ocean. From there you park your car and cross a fence to farm road that leads to the top of small spur where you follow the cliff line 50 to 100 meters high to a navigational trig (for ship headings) at the end of the peninsula. Throughout the hike you get postcard perfect views of both sides of the rugged and nearly straight-up ocean-bounded strip of land that also provides long views of the breathtaking coastline. Compared to many trails in New Zealand, this track is very well marked and maintained with wooden steps cut into the sides of the steepest parts of the up-and-down path, providing secure footing and no sense of danger. Although relatively short, the track feels longer due to the many steps needed to climb the vertical terrain and also the delays experienced by the constant stopping in order to take yet another photo of the memorable landscape. Give yourself a good 3 hour time budget to complete it as this is one track that you'll want to take your time on.Show more
#3 - Tutukaka Lighthouse Trail
Hikurangi, Northland, New Zealand
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 52 m
#4 - Paihia to Opua Walkway
Paihia, Northland, New Zealand
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
This well-marked track follows the beach, crosses the road bridge at Te Haumi Stream, and then passes into coastal bush covered terrain. After the bridge, follow the Te Araroa Pathway sign. This track ends the Opua Ferry landing. To continue onto the Okiato to Russell Walkway, take the ferry from Opua to Okiato on the Russell Peninsular.Show more
#5 - Cape Reinga Lighthouse Trail
Kaitaia, Northland, New Zealand
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 31 m
#6 - Okiato to Russell Walkway
Okiato, Northland, New Zealand
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
Track can start from the Okiato ferry landing or at the picnic area at Pipiroa Beach. This track follows native bush, wetland flats, and a boardwalk. Track can be made into a loop with the Paihia to Opua walkway. If you wish to head back to Paihai from Russell, take the ferry from Russell. Show more
#7 - Waipu Coastal Walkway
Waipu, Northland, New Zealand
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
This route returns along a road, not a track.Show more
#8 - Herangi Hill via Cape Reinga Coastal Walkway
Te Paki Recreation Reserve
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 6 h 6 m
From Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua, this track follows the West Coast leading you down past steep cliffs to the long, sweeping Te Werahi Beach.Show more
#9 - Tane Moana Hike
Hikurangi, Northland, New Zealand
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 33 m
#10 - Mangonui to Rangikapiti Pa
Taumarumaru Reserve
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
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