Cape Reinga Things to Do

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    Ice Cream at Te Kao.

    by Robdaz Written Jan 8, 2006
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    This settlement is located about halfway between Awanui and Cape Reinga. It's a good stop on a hot day to get yourself the biggest cone of ice cream I have ever paid for just a dollar. The Te Kao Local Store is sited along the main road to the Cape. Stop and you won't be disappointed.

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    Spirits Bay

    by allikat Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    Soft sands at Spirits Bay

    Spirits Bay is a 15/20km drive from Cape Reinga, again along unsealed road. And once you get there, you will fall helplessley in love with this beautiful place!

    A wide bay where the crystal waters of the Pacific wash against the shore. From a distance, the beach looks as though it is all fine white sand, and there is certainly plenty of it. But once you get to walk on it, you find it is the most delicate rose pink, made up from millions of fragments of pale pink shells.

    It is worth noting that there is a very basic Department of Conservation camp site here, set back from the beach itself.

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    Well, you can't miss this!

    by allikat Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    The lighthouse

    The Cape Reinga lighthouse! You don't get to go inside the lighthouse, which, as most of them are nowadays, is fully automated, but you do get beautiful views. Built on this exposed headland back in the early 1940's it looks out over the worlds greatest ocean, the mighty Pacific and must as a consequence take a thorough battering from the weather at times!

    I think lighthouses are special, largely because of the places you find them and the vast view they generally afford, and the one at Cape Reinga is no exception.

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    The beach at Cape Maria van Dieman

    by allikat Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    Looking towards Cape Maria van Dieman

    You will see this beach and headland before you reach Cape Reinga itself, and a track will take you down to Cape Maria and loop back to the road along the prettily named Twilight Beach.

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    Where waters collide!

    by allikat Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    Where the waters collide.

    At Cape Reinga you can actually see the waters of the Tasman Sea collide with the mighty Pacific Ocean! Even on a calm day, like the one I enjoyed on my visit, you can see the churning currents meet, and on a wild day, the waters crash and hurl the waves high into the air.

    I knew that geographically this was where the two waters met, but I wasn't expecting to actually see it happening! Fantastic!

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    A sacred place...

    by allikat Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    Where the spirits depart.

    It should be remembered that the Cape and the surrounding land is of great significance to the Maori people. As you stand at the edge of the Cape and look down to your right, you can see the beach where the spirits of the Maori dead are believed to depart for their ancestoral homeland. The area there is sacred (tapu), so you cannot climb down to the beach itself, but can enjoy the beauty from a respectful distance.

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    "The Place of Leaping"

    by IcemanNZL Updated Feb 2, 2004

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    On the top of a windswept cliff is a 800 year old Pohutukawa tree. This dramatic landscape holds great spiritual significance.

    The headland that is home to the Pohutukawa is known as "the place of leaping" in Maori mythology, where the spirits of the dead leaps off the headland, climb down the roots and descend into the underworld to return to their homeland of Hawaiiki.

    For spiritual and safety reasons the area where the lighthouse stands is the closest you can get to this headland. The view however is definately worth the trip.

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    Road sign?? But you wont see any cars!

    by IcemanNZL Written Feb 1, 2004

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    AA Road sign.

    Next to the Cape Reinga lighthouse there is an AA (Automobile Association) road sign, dont worry you wont be run over by any cars. This sign points to far off cities and tells of the distance in miles and kms.

    Strange to see a road sign without cars but trust a New Zealander to come up with it.

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    Cape Reinga Lighthouse

    by IcemanNZL Updated Feb 1, 2004

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    Cape Reinga Lighthouse

    The Cape Reinga lighthouse was completed in 1941. The original lens was shipped from England and was used in the Motuopao Island in 1879. On a clear day the Island can be seen to the South West.

    The lighthouse is 155 Meters above sea level. With the lighthouse standing 10 metres in height.

    The beacon has since been changed to a less powerful beam and now runs off solar power rather than a diesel generator.

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    Go for a walk.

    by Robdaz Written Jan 8, 2006
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    If you have time, there are plenty of great tracks to walk to view the amazing sceneries at the top of New Zealand.

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    White sands adventures at Parengarenga Harbour.

    by Robdaz Written Jan 8, 2006

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    The barge .
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    The white silica sands of the harbour are as smooth as flour. You can take the barge at Paua to cross the harbour for a closer look.

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    Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes.

    by Robdaz Written Jan 8, 2006
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    These Sand Dunes are huge and it's great fun tobogganing down them. Everyone enjoy this stop regardless of your age.

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    Te Paki Stream

    by Robdaz Written Jan 8, 2006

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    Te paki Stream
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    That's the 3.5km Stream that vehicle used to drive between ninety mile beach and the main road leading to Cape Reinga. Vehicle are known to get trapped here.

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    Ancient Kauri Museum

    by Macgyver8899 Written Sep 7, 2004

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    On the road to Cape Reinga you will find this Kauri timber sales depot.....This is a photo of a staircase carved out of a very large Kauri tree that is at least 10,000 to 50,000 years old

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