Cape Reinga Off The Beaten Path

  • Kokota - White Silica Sands
    Kokota - White Silica Sands
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  • Sign at Te Werahi Gate
    Sign at Te Werahi Gate
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  • Walking along Te One I Rehia
    Walking along Te One I Rehia
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    Kokota Sandspit

    by kotitihaere Updated Nov 17, 2012

    When you travel north from Kaitaia along the road to the cape you will see huge white sand dunes in the distance.

    These are the silica sands of Kokota Spit.

    The sand is pure white and unlike most other sand that gets hot - sometimes too hot to walk on, silica sand stays cool. It is great for sleeping on in summer and it is cool and refreshing!

    Silica sand is what is used in the making of glass.

    It is an amazing world out there!

    Kokota - White Silica Sands
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    Watch Whales Scratching Themselves

    by kotitihaere Updated Jul 17, 2012

    One of the best kept secrets in Rerenga Wairua is that close to the Cape is a whale scratching rock. (shh don't tell everyone)

    When the mighty whales make their annual pilgrimage across the vast stretches of the Pacifc Ocean this part of NZ is their first chance to scratch themselves to remove barnacles and other crustations they may have picked up on the way.

    Otangawhiti is a sheltered bay with a protruding rock that is conveniently located so that the water is deep enough and the rock is strong enough to handle mighty whales leisurely scratching themselves as the centuries have rolled by.

    To get there, from the cape follow the walking path to Sandy Bay which really is Otangawhiti.

    South of the bay is Otangawhiti pa which overlooks the rock. There is a viewing platform there.

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    Flight of The Godwit

    by kotitihaere Written Jul 17, 2012

    In March - April each year the biggest event on the Godwit Migration Calendar takes place in the Parengarenga harbour.

    Thousands of the migration godwits from all around New Zealand gather here, the most northern ground for them before departing on their epic journey to Alaska and Siberia.

    On the day of departure, the lead birds take to the air and fly in circles, calling all to join them. As more and more godwits take up the call and join inside the circle it expands until the sky is filled with godwits and the cries of these amazing birds fill the air.

    Suddenly, one of the lead birds heads off and they all follow. Slowly they disappear into the horizon and the sound of their cries fade away, replaced by the sounds of the water gently lapping again.

    Parengarenga is the also the first landfall in New Zealand for the Bar-tailed Godwit after making the epic journey back from Alaska and Siberia non stop, a distance of 11,860km. This takes them about 8 days.

    Arriving around September skinny and starving, they stock up here before flying further south to their home grounds throughout New Zealand.

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    Kayak the Parengarenga Harbour

    by kotitihaere Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When you are heading north and have passed through Te Kao, you will notice on your right spectacular white sand dunes sparkling in the sun. The water in front of there is the Parengarenga Harbour.

    Kayaking out there is spectacular - and you can kayak over to the white sands. These sands are silica and unlike most other types of sand, it is cool to touch, even in the middle of the day with the sun beating down. The sand is also very fine and will get into anything.

    Pack Or Paddle, south of Waitiki landing hires out kayaks and you can hop into them just across the road as one of the forks of the Parengarenga harbour comes right up. Naturally, how long it will take you depends on the tides :-)

    Kayak  Parengarenga White Silica Sands in Distance
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    Hiking To / From the Tohe (90 Mile Beach)

    by kotitihaere Updated Mar 26, 2006

    Here is a tip for doing the walk between the Tohe (90 mile beach) and Cape Reinga. It is written from the Tohe to the Cape, but can easily be done in the other direction.

    Here is a map of the area showing you the route.

    Walking along Te One I Rehia
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    Muriwhenua - North Cape

    by kotitihaere Updated Mar 25, 2006

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    This is the northern most tip of Aotearoa (NZ).

    Remote and difficult to access unless you are a local as roads do not go out there.

    This does not mean that you can just hike out there - you need special permission to cross the Maori Land.

    The Waitiki Landing Complex may be able to help you.

    The Northern Most Tip of Aotearoa
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    Hiking Te Werahi Gate to Te Werahi

    by kotitihaere Updated Mar 25, 2006

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    On the road north of Waitiki Landing, on the left hand side you will see a sign saying "Te Werahi". Te Werahi is the beach that you can see when at the Cape and looking to the west. While there is a track from the Cape and from the top of the Tohe (90Mile Beach) the Te Werahi gate can be a more interesting hike.

    Heading straight out you will sooner or later come to bullrushes with a board walk going across. When you get to the middle of the board walk, stop and see if you can feel any wind. The best way to do this is to wet a finger and hold it up. If you don't feel any wind, see if the bullrushes are moving as if someone is walking through them ......

    To Get down to Te Werahi, you will have to climb down a sand cliff :-)

    Sign at Te Werahi Gate
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    Foot Path

    by nesba13 Written Dec 8, 2005

    There is a small foot path at the main parking lot that leads off to the west. Take in the sites at the Cape then head down the foot path to an empty beach! Take some extra water and maybe a power bar and go all the way to the tip of the dunes. What a site! Let me know what you think!

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