By Beverley Bacon, DOC Web Team
On a trip around Northland earlier this year we spent a night camping on Urupukapuka Island.
Urupukapuka is the largest island in the Bay of Islands and is managed by DOC as a pest-free island.
We caught the scheduled ferry service that runs between Paihia, Russell and the island several times a day.
The effort required to organise our gear for the 30 minute walk over a hill was well worth it. If you can’t afford a waterfront property, a campsite at Cable Bay is a fine alternative.
A network of tracks allow to you explore the island from one end to the other.
Around the top, the views are just spectacular.
The numerous sheltered bays are perfect for a mid-walk swim in summer.
We spent a peaceful evening at ‘our bay’ and caught the scheduled ferry back to Russell the next morning—invigorated after our time in this beautiful place.
We visited Urupukapuka Island in mid-February. It’s a popular place between Christmas and mid-January and advance bookings are essential for all three campsites on the island during that time.