Tapotupotu and Spirits Bay are close to Rerenga Wairua and provide good surfing with the right conditions.At Tapotupotu surf on the western end at the low tide and as the tide comes in the surf breaks move along to the eastern end.Spirits Bay also has good surfing.Both of these places also have a campground where you can stay and surf.more
Within a 30k radius there is so much to see, but sadly most people make a day trip to the cape, visiting Rerenga Wairua, the cape itself, probably Te Paki where the giant sand dunes are, the Oneroa a Tohe or 90 Mile Beach and also Tapotupotu.However, you can also explore by car Kapo Wairua or Spirits Bay nestled between 2 pa, or Maori forts, Te...more
On the 3rd December 2011, Te Araroa which is a 3000km walking trail stretching from the cape to the Bluff was opened.While you do not have to do the whole trail, you can do parts of it from one day walks to as many days or months as you like and what better place to start then at the very top of the trail :)Te Araroa - The Long Pathway is my...more
Depending on the tide, one of the activities popular on Ninety Mile Beach is digging for pipis. Do you use a bucket and spade - no you use your feet and toes!Pick a spot where incoming waves cover and then recede. As the water covers your feet wriggle them into the sand - you will feel the pipis under your feet. On the next wave wriggle your feet...more
Ninety Mile Beach starts on the west coast just south of Cape Maria Van Diemen and follows the Aupouri Peninsula. It is a popular fishing spot for those with four wheel drive vehicles but although it is officially a highway, you must take care as there is little beach at high tide. To get on to the beach from the north you drive along the bed of...more
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).
Favorite Dish: The seafood is great :-)
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!
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 .
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Equipment: Fishing Gear.
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.