Hiking in Cape Barrier

I drove down Cape Barrier road looking for a notorious LBG (Land Based Game-Fishing) spot. The road ends at marker number 7 (see Google Maps figure at the bottom of the post) and it is a short stroll from there down to Johnson’s Bay (marker 2).

On the way to Johnson's Bay with Rabbit Island in the background.

It was a beautiful day and as usual, not a soul around. I walked up and down the beach in Johnson’s Bay for a while, apparently you can walk over to Rabbit Island on low tide. Hmmm, the tide was about an hour in so I only had a look from afar; it is a fair bit to walk/wade, but I’ve got to see it at low tide.

Apparently you can walk over to Rabbit Island on a low tide.

I walked to the northern end of the bay and was soon cut off by the incoming tide, so I turned around and walked up the hill. I enjoyed spectacular views of the northwestern tip of the Coromandel Peninsular but there was no obvious way down to the water. That got me hiking back towards the next hill. The next picture shows the good access I spotted, probably paved in by stock, around the bay above Johnson’s.

I walked around this bay to the end of the small peninsular in front. This is looking from marker point 4.

And here I was, a couple of minutes later at position 5 on the Google Maps figure, here looking to the left,

and at the tip of the hill, walking down to a some ledges.

It was an easy climb down onto the ledge on the right.

I noticed a bit of rope on the way down, I assumed someone left his burley rope above the high water mark as it wasn’t attached to anything and it was really quite easy to get down. It was a gorgeous day and I felt a bit stupid for not taking my rod with me, but I was also very glad to find an easy access to ledges with deep water and strong currents. The piece of rope and the permanent rod holders give away that this is the infamous Cape Barrier LBG spot. 

There were a few rod holders cemented in. Wow, what a spot. Deep water, strong currents, exposed as, views of the juicy hills of the Coromandel. I've been on the other side many times, looking over to Great Barrier Island.

On the way back, I realized what the rope was for. Of course, I didn’t have it on my now. Virtually the only part where you had to climb, this is maybe a meter or so, was very wet and mossy. The rope would have been handy now, and since I didn’t have it, it took me a couple of minutes to figure out a safe way up. 

This is it. I was stoked, a great walk, found a new fishing spot and hiked around the area a bit more. Found a couple of marks that were most likely from pigs, then I heard one and it sounded biiiig. Then the rattle in the bush, must have woken her up. Really not sure what to do in such moments, so I grabbed a rock and kept walking. On the way back I noticed similar marks but they looked more fresh and also as if the pig had a fast pace. Boom, there was the sound again, it gets you excited, and alerted. Then I had a short glimpse of one of them. I suppose it was a she and saw part of her head and the ear as she started trotting quickly into the bush. She looked big, about a meter high.

This was my day anyway, I got back and wanted to get a fire going when I heard a quad coming up. It was my neighbor with my new four wheel drive all terrain vehicle, that has been finally fixed up; more about that later.

Keep spotting them pigs when I'm hiking...
This is on the way down a hill. Very fresh marks and you can see that the pig was in a hurry, I spotted her for a moment after this and the marks went all the way back to Johnson's Bay. Quite surprising that she took the main hiking route to escape. Perhaps a sign of how close I got to her.
Back home. Look at the cloud cover and formation.


6 thoughts on “Hiking in Cape Barrier”

    1. Then I will make it so! Bad weather is approaching with southerlies, but if I get a day with good conditions, I’ll be out there in Cape Barrier with the Kingie gear.

  1. Good one mate. Looks a nice ledge. Bet you will find plenty of other good ones too once you explore a bit more than haven’t been fished quite as much. Looking forward to coming over there and joining you for a weekend some time mate. There are often cheap flights available so just a matter of checking if I can bring across a couple of 1 piece 8foot rods etc. Do let me know when you are up for a visitor for a weekend mate!

    1. Yeah, gotta go and explore. I should also start fishing early in the morning, just around Tryphena harbor. I think the rods should be no sweat, they take surfing boards on board. Are similar sized. Would be great to catch up and fish; I’m constantly upgrading the place, hope to have a shower (+ hot water) in 2-3 weeks. So yeah, from September onwards suits me well. Watch the weather and
      bite times, I suppose and we’ll make it happen. Top, I’m looking forward to weekend fishing.

  2. Nice pictures to go with the story!
    Really interesting story…. I have been here myself and its just beautiful!
    Im interested in you first photo, is this the way you went down through to johnsons bay? is it not someones property? or is there a walk way down?

    1. Cheers Emma. The first picture actually shows private property. You can, however, follow the main road (on foot) to access Johnson’s Bay without having to cross any private property.

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