Cape Reinga Travel Guide

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Cape Reinga Things to Do

  • 90 mile beach

    (part 2) Some tours bring tourists towards 90 mile beach by drive along Te Paki stream ,this access is a sand based stream bed 3km in length located between sand dunes. .All the sandy road around Te Paki sand dune and 90 mile beach is suitable for only 4 wheel drive ,most car rental companies do not insure to drive on the beach. It could get stuck...

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  • 90 mile beach

    ( part 1) 90 mile beach - official name 'Te Oneroa-a-Tôhç'. It stretches from just west of Kaitaia,Ahipara bay towards Cape Reinga along the Aupouri Peninsula. It ends at 'Scott Point' , 5 kilometres south of 'Cape Maria van Diemen'. The beach is actually just 55 mile long ( 88 km.). Some time ago the beach was used as the runway for some of the...

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  • Te Paki Sand dune.

    (part 3)( I’d like to write a bit more about the Te Paki sand dune)…Because of the very strong wind make strong wave action that drives the sand ashore and as it dries out at low tide it can be blown on shore.The power of strong westery wind blowing in from Tasman sea have pushed the dunes inland for about 5 km. and reach the height of about 100 m....

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  • Te Paki Sand dune.

    ( part 2) As I wondered how this giant sand dunes are here, so I studied a little bit about it.Dunes normally form when wind blows sand up and away and grow as grains of sand accumulate.But I still wonder where these sand came from and if answer is ‘from the beach next to it’ ,if so.. why the whole ‘90 mile beach’ doesn't has sand dune like...

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  • Te Paki Sand dune.

    ( Part 1) The Te Paki Stream sand dunes, just 17 km.south of Cape Reinga, is a natural sandboarding free fun park. The Te Paki Sand Dunes are the largest in the Southern Hemisphere . I didn’t expect to see such a massive sand dune like this in New Zealand.The country are lucky that has many wonderful natural things (like .. sand dune, high...

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  • Te Paki Recreational Reserve.

    (part 2) In this tip I’ll write a bit more details about the whole track and the map on the linking sections of the ‘Te Paki Coastal track’.The map also shows camping area.From my pic. it's quite small,I hope you can see it well.1-Kapowairua – Pandora = 9km. 3 hrs.2-Pandora –Tapotupotu = 9km. 5.30 hrs.3-Tapotupotu- Te Rerenga Wairua = 5km....

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Cape Reinga Restaurants

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    Waitiki Landing Restaurant & Takeaways: Northern Most Restaurant

    by kotitihaere Updated Mar 26, 2006

    Situated at Waitiki Landing, 20ks south of Cape Reinga, this restaurant & takeaways is part of the Waitiki Landing complex and the most northern one you will find in Aotearoa (New Zealand).

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    Favorite Dish: The seafood is great :-)

    Waitiki Complex
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Cape Reinga Transportation

  • To Cape Reinga from Bay of Islands.

    To get to Cape Reina for someone who has no vehicle,there are full day tour from Bay of Islands to the cape and visit some other places along the way too, such as ‘90 miles beach’ and ‘Te Paki sand dune’ and few other places.Some company operate from Paihia ,some from Russel and Keri keri..some of them are actually the same company.I saw few buses...

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  • How to Drive on the Metal Roads

    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...

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  • Road Now Sealed All The Way To Cape...

    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...

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Cape Reinga Shopping

  • A small store.

    Driving up north from Bay of Island ..to visit Cape Reinga..I don't plan to sleep anywhere around the northern area but prefer to go back to stay in Paihia, so I have to prepare some food and drinks for my lucnch cuz it'll be a long day. I bought some snack from ‘Countdown Waitangi’ supermarket because along the way ,looks like there’s not much...

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  • Northern Most (Petrol) Pump

    This is the last pump north, so check your tank before going further north to make sure you do not run out of petrol.UPDATE:If you have heard a rumour that the petrol station burnt down you are right, BUT it was rebuilt and operational 10 weeks after the fire, so there is still petrol available - no worries!Also, the good news now is that you can...

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  • New Zealand Amber

    The Gumdiggers Park shop has many items of interest to the tourist as well as a good selection of jewelry made from the pertified sap of the Kauri tree. There are a selection of colours of the New Zealand Amber from light to dark; some clear, some cloudy and some with inclusions. The pendants are cut and polished into a variety of shapes Prices...

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Cape Reinga Local Customs

  • The Haunting Sound That Now Greets You

    When you walk though the Waharoa or gateway from the new carpark at Rerenga Wairua to go down to the lighthouse, you will hear an eerie haunting sound.This area is a wahi tapu, or sacred place to my people as our histories tell us that this is the place that the spirits depart to return to our ancient homeland.The eerie haunting sound is from a...

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  • Respect The Area

    Cape Reinga, also known as Rerenga Wairua (the departing place of the spirts) is a spiritual and sacred place to Maori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand).Don't climb the hill on the left at the start of the main path just past the toilets.Keep to the main path going down to the lighthouse and don't go any further than that.Dont eat...

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Cape Reinga Warnings and Dangers

  • Cell Phone Reception is Patchy

    Do not expect to have crystal clear cell phone reception here as it fades in and out on the main road north.Receiving texts is easier than taking phone calls. When you get a bar or 2 and want to make a phone call, DO NOT move the phone, instead dial the number then move your ear to the phone else you may loose your bars.Vodafone tends to have...

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  • Mozzies On Holiday!

    Mozzies spend about 8 months of the year living on a plain diet of locals blood, but come summer time they know they can have a change and they go for it! Just as we may have something special to eat at Xmas, like a ham, the mozzies have tourists blood!They wait until dusk or dark ..... and there is no wind ...... then they attack!Tapotupotu is one...

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Cape Reinga Tourist Traps

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    How to Avoid The Tourists ;-)

    by kotitihaere Written Mar 24, 2006

    If you have your own car, the best way to see the cape is to aviod all of the tourist buses.

    Decide what day you are going to go up and ring any tour company that does trips to the cape. Ask them if they are going UP to the cape via the road. If they are going up via the road, time it so you reach the cape in the mid afternoon. If they are not going up via the road, time it so you get to the cape in the mid morning.

    This way you can have the place nearly to yourself!

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Cape Reinga What to Pack

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    Suff to Deal With the Mozzies

    by kotitihaere Updated Oct 31, 2012

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothes that cover most of your skin at night if you want to sit outside or walk around when the mossies are out.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Calamine or an anti itching cream in case you get bitten. If you are allergic to mozzies, a supply of the creams to deal with it.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tents with mozzie nets. Citronella and mozzie coils.

    Miscellaneous: Mozzie repellent for yourself .

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Cape Reinga Off The Beaten Path

  • Kokota Sandspit

    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...

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  • Watch Whales Scratching Themselves

    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...

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  • Flight of The Godwit

    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...

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Cape Reinga Sports & Outdoors

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    Pristine Locations for Fishing

    by kotitihaere Written Nov 17, 2012

    While you can not fish at the cape itself, the surrounding areas offer some great land based fishing spots.

    There is easy access around the rocks at low tide at Tapotupotu - about 10kms south of the cape, as well as in Kapo Wairoa - Spirits Bay, about 40kms from the cape. Both of these beaches are between the cape and Surville Cliffs - the most northern point of NZ.

    For those of you who do not mind a bit of a hike, go to Te Paki then up to the end of 90 Mile Beach, walk up the cliffs - there is a staircase and along there you will find some great spots.

    Here is a map of the area
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/228008/

    Equipment: Fishing Gear.

    Perfect Spot Between the Cape and 90 Mile Beach
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Cape Reinga Favorites

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    Map of Cape Reinga and Surrounds

    by kotitihaere Updated Oct 31, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Here is a map of the Cape Reinga area and surrounds, with the sealed road, metal roads and walking tracks marked as well as the main places and great places to visit.

    Map of Cape Reinga and Surrounds
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Te Paki Recreational Reserve.
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Cape Reinga. (part 4) Gate to Cape Reinga.
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Cape Reinga. (part 5) The lighthouse.
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Cape Reinga. (part 3) 'Pohutukawa tree'
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Cape Reinga. (part 2) 'where the 2 oceans meet'.
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Cape Reinga. (part 1)
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Post a Letter at the Northern Most Letterbox
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Surfing By The Cape
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Go exploring off the beaten path
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The Start of Te Araroa - The Long Pathway
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Hole in the Rock of the West
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Digging for Pipis
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Ninety Mile Beach
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Te Paki sand dunes
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Visit the light house
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Gumdiggers Park
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Plant or gift an eco sourced native tree
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Kayak the Parengarenga Harbour
Off The Beaten Path
New Zealand's northern most mailbox
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Hiking To / From the Tohe (90 Mile Beach)
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Muriwhenua - North Cape
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Hiking Te Werahi Gate to Te Werahi
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Gumdiggers Park
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Cape Reinga
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Go for a walk.
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Ninety Mile Beach.
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Lunch and have a swim at Tapotupotu Bay.
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White sands adventures at Parengarenga Harbour.
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Ice Cream at Te Kao.
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Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes.
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Te Paki Stream
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Relax, Enjoy the scenery and let someone drive you
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Foot Path
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Spirits Bay
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Well, you can't miss this!
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The beach at Cape Maria van Dieman
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Where waters collide!
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A sacred place...
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Ancient Kauri Museum
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