Sand surfing is becoming all the rage with people of all ages trying this new exciting activity. The dunes themselves have kindly provided the "grades" allowing for babies, beginners and adrenaline junkies to try their hand.You can hire the sand boards by the dunes themselves for a reasonable cost - see the website below for details.more
There are many species of birds found out on the Tohe. Some of them are:Little blue penguinsBanded DotterelPipitAustralasian HarrierKahuWhite-fronted TernsBlack-winged petrelBlack-backed gullsSeagullsVariable oystercatcherNew Zealand dotterelCaspian ternIf you are walking along and you see flocks of birds down at the water's edge and some are...more
On the 3rd December 2011, Te Araroa which is a 3000km walking trail stretching from the cape to the Bluff was opened. The Tohe, or 90 mile beach forms part of this walkway.I have detailed in my travelogue Te Araroa - The Long Pathway 2 - Down the Tohe the route and the main stop points, as well as where you can find camping and accommodation.I also...more
From the top of the Hukatere hill you have panoramic views of the tohe. Looking south you can see the southern end, looking north the Tohe disapears into the horizon with no end in sight.You can not drive up Hukatere as the road is impossible, but it is not a long walk and well worth it.The first photo is Hukatere, the second one is looking south...more
Here is a list of the main things that the locals do on the Tohe (90 mile beach).Camping, surfcasting, picking tuatua (shellfish), dragging for flounder or mullet (depending on season and tides), surfing at the southern end, and of course using the Tohe as our main highway - but only try that when you have read and understand all of the...more
The Tohe does not have any restaurants, but you can find places to eat at Waitiki Landing, Houhora, Pukenui, Waipapakauri, Awanui, Ahipara and Kaitaia. For more information about food options at those places visit my following pages - in them you will also find helpful tips on how to drive on and off the Tohe if you are going to do that! Houhora...more
This is the best Fish and Chips I have tasted. I have tried to find the address but hit a brick wall. Its located on the waterfront in Mangonui.You can't visit Mangonui and not eat fish and chips here.The way it works is you see the fish pieces and you tell them how many you want. They then cook the fish and call you when its ready - i think they...more
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.
When parking on the Tohe (90 mile beach) make sure that your vehicle is either facing the sea front on or facing away from the sea. Make sure that you DON'T park parallel to the sea, as those sweeps can take a vehicle easier when they are parked that way. If the tide is incoming or very close to either side of the high, park facing away from the...more
Keep an eye out for the wild life - often you can see penguins and other sea birds as well as sometimes sting rays and the occasional whale or shark stranded. If these creatures are still alive, help them back into the sea, or if you are hungry, catch them and eat them - fresh shark is absolutely AMAZING!There are no lanes painted out there so you...more
Te Paki Stream is the northen most off ramp on the tohe - 90 mile beach.Coming from the Tohe, here are the rules for driving the stream.Stop on the Tohe and get out and walk to see where the stream runs.Drive in about 3rd gear up the stream, avoiding the water as much as possible. You will see that there are lots of places where it is only sand,...more
There are no garages out on the Tohe, but here are the ones nearest the offramps and how to get to them.From the Tohe, take the Waipapakauri ramp. Go to the end of the road where it meets state highway 1. Turn Right.Travel south until Awanui. Just past the junction of Highway 10 is a BP on your right.About 15ksFrom the Tohe, take the Te Paki...more
As the wind usualy blows out on the Tohe (90 mile beach) you can see the dry sand being picked up and skimming along the surface.If you are close to where you came on, or by an onramp and you see the sand being blown along from BOTH directions and into the onramp that you came off (instead of just moving in one direction and going past the onramp)...more
The Tohe (90 mile beach) is a west coast surf beach, and very rarely do we see nice gentle waves lapping gently upon the shore - when we do it is a shock!!! Usually there are breakers rolling in with white tops.If you are looking for a place to swim and see a place where there are no waves and the water looks calm, don't be fooled! These areas are...more
To avoid getting stuck in the sand, read all of the transportation tips and follow them :-)In there is not a clickable link in the above sentence, copy and paste the URL below into your browser to read my Ninety Mile Beach Transportation Tipshttp://members.virtualtourist.com/m/b1da0/22aa71/9/more
NEVER drive on the Tohe at night . Although the locals do it, we know the tohe, we know the moods, we know what to do when the kohu (sea fog) comes rolling in and puts visability down to zero and we know how to find the offramps. It is pitch black out there at night (unless the moon is out) as there are no street lights and it is easy for people...more
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!
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.
This annual beach run (held in March) along the Tohe (90 Mile Beach) in Far North New Zealand, honours the Maori history of Te Houtaewa. You can choose to either run or cycle.1/2 marathon which starts at Waipapakaurihttp://members.virtualtourist.com/m/b1da0/1cb488/Full marathon which starts at...more
The Tohe ( 90Mile Beach) is the site of the world's biggest snapper surf-fishing contest, which is held in end Januaray - Beginning of February each year. The event runs over 5 days. Contestants are allocated areas on the Tohe for fishing. the area allocated depends on the vehicle that they have. There are daily prizes as well as the big prize for...more
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.