The road down to Tapotupotu as well as the road from Waitiki Landing to Kapo Wairua - Spirits Bay and the road to the Te Paki sand dunes are all unsealed. There are others, but these are the main ones that tourists travel on.
DO NOT SPEED on these roads, especially around the corners as the loose metal can cause the car to slide. It is usually on these corners that tourists leave the road to go "cross country". It can be a long walk back to Waitiki Landing and the tow truck has to come up all the way from Houhora, about 40ks south.
If you have a 4WD or SUV and have only used your 4WD / SUV around town and not used it as it is intended to be used, be warned, you can slide, flip and roll much easier than a car. 4H is best when you are on unfamiliar metal roads. NOTE: Using 4WD means that you will chew up your diesel / petrol faster than usual.
Don't tailgate or get to close to any vehicle in front of you - stones can flick up and your front windscreen could get smashed.
If you have ever wanted to venture to Cape Reinga, commonly known to Maori as Rerenga Wairua, the departing place of Spirits, but have read all about the unsealed road, I can now report to you all that the road is sealed all of the way.
This was completed last year and since then there has been an influx of people driving up to the cape.
The good news is that because the road is now sealed all the way there are not as many tourist accidents as there were in the past.
So if the reports of the unsealed roads were the reason that you were hesitant about traveling up here, then worry no longer!
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The drive to Cape Reinga is a long one especially if you like thousands of visitors based yourself in Pahia and Kerikeri. Most of the major tour companies charged about $95.00 for a full day tour to the Cape and that operate out of Pahia. If you join the tour at Kataia with Harrison Cape Runner you will save yourself $$$$ as they only charge $40 per adult and $20 per child, and that's including lunch ( ham sandwich, muffins, juice, coffee and tea. The best value tour I can find.
If you drive yourself , you will also not get to enjoy the scenery or the opportunity to drive along Ninety Miles Beach. Most insurance company, if I am not mistaken don't cover your car if you do so. So why deal with the hassle? Let someone do the driving .