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If the tides are right, the weather is right and you are in the right place, you can walk along the Tohe and see stars twinkling around your feet.
Dress Code: Bare feet are best.
Written Mar 23, 2006
Address: The Tohe - 90 mile beach
Miscellaneous: If you are going to drive the Tohe (90 mile beach) make sure you have a shovel to dig yourself out if you get stuck.
Also a tow rope in case anyone else is stuck and needs help, or you are stuck and someone stops to help you!
Written Mar 20, 2006
At the northern end of 90 mile beach is a cliff with stairs going up. Climbing up here you can get great photos on the beach stretching south and dissapearing into the horizon.
Carry on walking along the cliffs, heading north towards Cape Reinga. The photo gives you an idea of the sunsets along this stretch of coast.
After a while you will come to Te One I Rehia, a beach that has no road access, and meeting another person out here is rare. This is the first beach after the Tohe. Westerlies, blowing straight off the sea can make it hard to walk.
From this beach you walk through the dunes (or around them) and come to another beach, called Te Werahi (Twilight Beach). This beach is the one you can see on the west coast from Cape Reinga.
Walking along Te Werahi, you will finally come to Cape Reinga.
This can be done in a day, or you can camp along the way. The first water supply is at Te One I Rehia - the first beach - but it is hard to find. The next water supply is at Te Werahi, so it may be best to carry water with you.
The other photos in this tip shows the seascape from the cliffs, Te One I Rehia from the cliffs with nature in full glory - a storm coming in from the sea and the other photo is walking on Te One I Rehia.
Updated Mar 24, 2006
Favorite thing: The Tohe (90 mile beach) stretches from Ahipara in the south to past Te Paki in the North.
The original and full name for the 90 Mile Beach is Te Oneroa a Tohe, which translates as The Long Beach of Tohe. Tohe lived over 1000 years ago.
From the southern end, Ahipara, forms a huge sweeping bay, straightening out just past the Waipapakauri onramp.
Heading north along the Tohe "The Bluff" a rocky area sticking out is the only "bend" on the Tohe. At high tide the Bluff can be cut off, forming an island.
Just before the end of the Tohe is Te Paki stream, the most northern offramp and at the end of the Tohe is a parking area and steps leading up the cliff face.
When the tide goes out, it is easily as wide as a 10 lane highway (from the dunes to the low tide mark.)
When the tide is low you can see out on the Tohe:
Buses, local 4WD's, people fishing or looking for tuatua, hitch hikers, sometimes the police are out there making sure people are not speeding, locals, birds and animals.
Updated Mar 24, 2006