Track Details

  • Haighs Access Road to Dacre Cottage 4 km, 1.25hrs one way
  • Haighs Access Road to Stillwater 7 km, 2.25hrs one way

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. It then climbs to a headland before dropping quite steeply to Karepiro Bay, where the restored historic Dacre Cottage is located at the northern end. Dacre Cottage was built in the 1850s by Henry Dacre, son of the retired sea captain Ranulf Dacre, who bought the Weiti block in 1848.