Our vision is to restore Bream Head / Te Whara as a place in which natural ecology is restored, with healthy forest and abundant bird song and where visitors can experience nature at its best


Bream Head Scenic Reserve

40 mins South of Whangarei, The Bream Head Scenic Reserve is an area of significant ecological, historical and environmental importance.

It is one of the best examples of a coastal forest reserve in the country and is of special significance to Māori who consider the whole area as wahi tapu (sacred place).
Walks & Tracks

Local Walks

There are many beautiful scenic walks ranging from beginner to advanced. Peach Cove and Te Whara tracks are for advanced hikers but offer spectacular views for those who reach the top.

Smugglers Loop is a great walk for kids with plenty to keep them interested on the short walk.

Bream Head/ Te Whara is an icon of scenery and ecological restoration without a fence. It is a testimony to the ecological transformation that can be achieved from a wide community of supporters providing a winning combination of funds, knowledge, skill and effort. With sustained and intensive pest control the ecosystem is flourishing. New species have been found, birds are being reintroduced and species that were only occasional visitors from the Hen and Chicken Islands are now breeding within the reserve. Bream Head is a message to New Zealanders that a return to a historical pre-European state of pristine forest on the mainland is within the reach of possibility.

Latest News

Rodney Gates 1938-2023

We farewell Rod, who had a very long relationship with Bream Head/ Te Whara Conservation Trust. He was involved with the Trust from its inception as a volunteer and as a board member.

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