Okura Bush Walk is a popular bush walk just north of Long Bay. It is very popular for walkers and runners alike.
This track takes you through regenerating coastal kauri forest along the Okura River estuary and edge of the Long Bay – Okura Marine Reserve to Karepiro Bay and historic Dacre Cottage, and on to Stillwater.
From Haighs Rd the track follows the Okura River estuary through mixed coastal forest, with groves of nikau, pohutukawa and regenerating kauri. After a 20 min hill climb the track drops down to the rivers edge where you may see a variety of wading birds such as stilts and oystercatchers.
If heading to Stillwater, you can follow the coastline at low tide, or take the overland track, climbing steeply above the coastal cliffs, with good views of Karepiro Bay and the Hauraki Gulf, before dropping back to the Weiti River estuary. From here the track follows the river, crossing private land to the Stillwater car park.
Kauri Dieback Disease
Kauri Dieback Disease is slowly killing our native Kauri trees but there are ways you can help prevent it. Simply spray the soles of your shoes with the disinfectant provided at the start of the walk, and stick to the path!