Te Rawhiti

Sitting on a beautiful peninsula in the eastern Bay of Islands, Te Rawhiti is waiting to be discovered.

Te Rawhiti in the Bay of Islands

Te Rawhiti is a rural community of undeveloped beauty at the base of the Cape Brett peninsula and 28km east of Russell. At the tip of the peninsula is the famous “Hole in the Rock”, Motukokako – an international drawcard and owned by local whanau. Given its prime coastal position, its historical position, several beaches and fabled fishing, Te Rawhiti is popular with families returning home for holidays.

Cape Brett Track

Cape Brett Track is a beautiful walk that traverses through native and regenerating bush. The whole walk is 16.3km one way and takes about 8 hours to the end of the peninsula. At the end of the track is the 14-metre high Cape Brett Lighthouse – the entrance to the Bay of Islands.

The track runs along the ridge through Maori-owned land before reaching conservation land at Maunganui Bay for the last 6km of the track. You can take a side-track (1 hr return) down to Deep Water Cove, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and snorkel.

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Cape Brett
Urapukapuka Island

Urapukapuka Island

Urapukapuka Island is a place you must see while visiting the Bay of Islands, a beautiful island with fascinating nature and history. The largest island of all the 144 islands in the Bay, Urupukapuka Island has a long Island History, both Maori and European.

Visitors to the island will discover wonderful beaches, historic & archaeological walks, kayak hire and snorkelling and more.

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Kaingahoa Campground

Kaingahoa Marae has campground accommodation located next to the beach at Te Rawhiti. There are powered sites and tent sites available all year round.

The 100+ year old school house provides lodging for up to 15 people. Great for corporate groups or school camps and those waiting to walk the Cape Brett track.

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Kaingahoa School House

About Te Rawhiti Enterprises Ltd

It has an economic whakapapa that has sustained this community for generations based mainly around farming and fishing. Today, these economies have declined to the point where there is no farming and fishing to sustain them. Sadly, we have a generation of welfare dependency.

The plan is now to move from a relatively “no work” position to getting long term and sustainable work and creating employment for the families. This is the primary goal of Te Rawhiti Enterprises Ltd (TREL) set up to care for its whanau.

The creating and holding employment opportunities gives this community a new direction and a platform for their children to build on. Employment opportunities can come out of the taiao kaitiakitanga (caretaking of the environment) with projects caring for the moana (sea) and whenua (land).

They will be learning more about themselves as Maori and the place where they live. Building on new initiatives that have an enduring life time builds opportunities for them and their families.

Te Rawhiti Enterprises Ltd (TREL) is a community-owned entity set up to create initiatives for employment. It is in effect a facilitator for acquiring contracts and working up projects that have an employment outcome. Currently, TREL administers community projects to contractors who are community residents.

TREL shareholders represent groups of whanau: Ngati Kuta hapu, Patukeha hapu, a community-supporters(hapu and non-hapu) block and the largest shareholding group, the Hauai Ahuwhenua Trust (some Ngati Kuta landholders).