Sunrise enthusiasts are drawn to the unique, flowing colours of the predawn. So why not start with the broadest palette possible? Courtney Sinclair has shared one of her favourites with us, the Tapeka Point Track in New Zealand.


  • Excellent sunrise/sunset viewing point
  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Short and sweet hike (child & dog-friendly)
  • Beautiful surrounding beaches (with caves to explore)

The Lowdown

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by the beauty of your surroundings that you have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming? Trust me when I say Tapeka Point Track does not disappoint.

I woke early in the morning, scrambled my way up the narrow grassy track and found a comfortable tuft of grass. From here I witnessed the fading of the night’s endless stars and the gradual rise of the sun. To be truthful, I am a self-confessed sunrise enthusiast and I have witnessed countless sunrises, but this morning was nothing short of magic.


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Splashes of pink and purple light illuminated the sky and rainbows glistened in the far distance. The vibrant hues were further reflected by the ocean and provided a remarkable contrast to the brilliant grassy hills surrounding. No picture can truly give these kind of moments justice, so let me suggest (hoping you get a sunrise equally as wonderful) that you must witness this for yourself.

The Track — You Have To Hike Here

The actual track itself is moderately short (1 km return with gradual inclines and descents) and is family friendly (including dogs on a leash). Just be mindful that the track is exposed to cliff edges and can be quite muddy and slippery after heavy rain. The track takes you to the top of Tapeka Point and provides stunning 360-degree views of the Bay of Islands and surrounds.

But the magic doesn’t stop there, make sure you do some further exploring of the surrounding beaches which are filled with endless eye-catching views and caves to explore.

Essential Gear

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen, hat, water
  • Swimmers (for beach exploring)


  • Photography
  • Tramping (hiking)
  • Cave exploring, swimming and water activities (at surrounding beaches)

How To Get There

The grassy track leads behind houses and out to Tapeka Point at 32 Du Fresne Place, Russell New Zealand (approximately 5 minute drive from Russell’s town centre).

Skill Level


Distance Covered / Elevation Gain / Duration

1km return / Gradual incline / 30 mins return