St Paul's Rock

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St Paul's Rock
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Iain B
9 contributions
Sep 2021
We did this easily late one afternoon. A bit of a climb, but certainly manageable by people with modest fitness, if you take your time. The final climb up the rock requires a little more effort to pull yourself up using the very handy chains that have been installed in the rock. But the view is magnificant. Highly recommend this.
Written October 7, 2021
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Tony K
Oaxaca, Mexico144 contributions
Feb 2022
Beautiful scenery - a medium grade slope walk. Not a lot of car parking up the hill where the track starts.
Written February 4, 2022
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Gelly
Tauranga, New Zealand28 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
Definitely worth the walk.
Amazing views 360 degrees of whangaroa harbor and surrounding areas. Quite a tough walk if you aren't fit. But well worth it.
Written January 3, 2018
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Marytindall
Hastings, New Zealand51 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
St Pauls cap/ Rock, Whangaroa Harbour offers the climber a great view over the harbour. Worth the steep climb up to the top of the volcanic rock/ Boulder. This is a free walk, no fees.
Whangaroa Harbour is signposted from Kaeo. 1 hour from Kaitaia, 30 minutes north Kerikeri, one hour twenty from Whangarei.

There is a car park at the beginning of the walk, or you can park at the bottom of Old Hospital Road. Afterwards have a drink at the local hotel or game fish club.
We found plenty to do in this community. We hired kayaks, went fishing and enjoyed other walks looking at volcanic boulders and rocks.
We spent a week exploring the harbour and nearby beaches.
Accomodation ranges from backpackers to upmarket.
Written February 23, 2015
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67arda
North Shore, New Zealand161 contributions
Dec 2019
this was a must do on our north trip - grateful and thankful - gorgeous walk up and the rewards are plenty - I am personally petrified of heights but was determined (with amazing coaxing from my whanau especially 20 year old son) to master the chains and height - just sooooooooooooo beautiful - the rock formations - amazing art of nature
Written January 5, 2020
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IainR
Whangarei, New Zealand810 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Went for a walk up the rock one evening. The weather was a bit dull and very windy but still an enjoyable walk. Beware that when it’s dry the path is quite slippery so take good walking shoes and walking poles if you have dodgy knees!
Written November 10, 2019
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Peonie49
155 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a great climb that gives you 360 degree views from the top.
There is vehicle parking close to the start of the walk.
The walk to the base of the rock is reasonably easy with a couple of steeper parts. These could be slippery if it had rained recently.
Once you get to the base of the rock you could be forgiven if you felt you didn’t think you would make it to the top. But please give it a try, using the chains it’s not nearly as hard as it looks.
And once you’re at the top you’ll be thankful you made the effort.
The views are amazing and well worth the effort.
Written October 25, 2019
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lulu1106
Ahipara, New Zealand185 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Short walk uphill. Magnificent views of Whangaroa Harbour. The volcanic rock uplifted creating a wall around the harbour is well worth a visit. Climb St Paul's and see it all.
Written January 21, 2019
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silverwings2015
Hamilton, New Zealand8 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
This rock is very distinctive and can be seen from a great distance.it is possible to climb it for a 360 degree view. There is good access to it and some parking.
Written July 13, 2018
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JessMack12
Wakefield, UK173 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
This walk but be 15 minutes each way, no more but wow do you get some incredible views in that time.

You almost drive most of the height and pull up along side the road as it comes to a cul-de-sac. From there it's a short walk and I mean a short walk. 10-15 minutes tops to the top. It's not a race, don't rush and wear yourself out! Take your time and keep checking behind you at the views you're greeted with. There's a rock face you have to navigate, usually with the help of the chain drilled into it, but once you're past it you're pretty much at the top.

Once you're at the top you'll be greeted with 360 views, most of which is the stunning Whangaroa Harbour and small inlets. On a sunny day this view is stunning. I can only imagine what it must look like at a sunrise or a sunset. Definitely will be coming back to see one of those.
Written June 22, 2017
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