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Time: 30 min Distance: 500 m

The track leads to St Paul's Rock above Whangaroa township and provides spectacular views of the harbour.

You can access the track from the carpark at the end of Hospital Road, just north of Whangaroa.

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7 reviews with the most recent first

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Nick Mossman

Ranking: 10/10

Short, steep walk and a little bit of climbing is required at the top of the rock. Chain have been installed to hold on to. Peak is 212m and views are amazing! If visiting in a big camper van there is limited turning space on hospital road however there is a small parking area just after the turn for Hospital Road by the Harbours edge. Watch out for cows!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Gerbrand Smidt

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Difficult walk up and a little climbing. Views are fantastic!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Nina Rittmann

Ranking: 10/10

10 points for the beautiful view! An incredible hidden walk.
We did it during rain, therefore it was a dangerous and extremely slippery climb up and especially down!
We slid down several times in the mud.
So I would recommend to do this when it's dry.
Takes about 15-20 minutes. A little steep, but no problem because of the short way.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Maddalena Buffoni

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

Short but steep track rewards you with the best 360 views over wonderful Whangarei Harbour. Gorgeous!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sammy Cronin

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful views after a short hike - perfect stop along the way to get out of the car but not take too much time, We only saw one other group of hikers, really nice!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Thomas and Sonja

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A 20 minute path that leads to the summit of St Paul. From here you have a fantastic view!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Loesje

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk! Very short hard work (20min) up the hill and on the rock. Great, spectaculair views over the harbour. Surprisingly high and amazingly beautiful for such a short walk.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

7 reviews with the most recent first

Nick Mossman's avatar

Nick Mossman

Ranking: 10/10

Short, steep walk and a little bit of climbing is required at the top of the rock. Chain have been installed to hold on to. Peak is 212m and views are amazing! If visiting in a big camper van there is limited turning space on hospital road however there is a small parking area just after the turn for Hospital Road by the Harbours edge. Watch out for cows!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Gerbrand Smidt's avatar

Gerbrand Smidt

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Difficult walk up and a little climbing. Views are fantastic!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Nina Rittmann

Ranking: 10/10

10 points for the beautiful view! An incredible hidden walk.
We did it during rain, therefore it was a dangerous and extremely slippery climb up and especially down!
We slid down several times in the mud.
So I would recommend to do this when it's dry.
Takes about 15-20 minutes. A little steep, but no problem because of the short way.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Maddalena Buffoni's avatar

Maddalena Buffoni

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

Short but steep track rewards you with the best 360 views over wonderful Whangarei Harbour. Gorgeous!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sammy Cronin

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful views after a short hike - perfect stop along the way to get out of the car but not take too much time, We only saw one other group of hikers, really nice!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Thomas and Sonja

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A 20 minute path that leads to the summit of St Paul. From here you have a fantastic view!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Loesje

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk! Very short hard work (20min) up the hill and on the rock. Great, spectaculair views over the harbour. Surprisingly high and amazingly beautiful for such a short walk.

Reviewed over 5 years ago