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Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise
"You will then pass through the famous Cape Brett ""Hole in the Rock"" at Motukokako Island and on to view the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.The crew share with you local history and ecology and you will often see a variety of marine wildlife in Seals Dolphins Penguins and other sea and bird life.You'll visit one of the bay's most beautiful islands where you can swim and snorkel or relax on the beach and take in the magic of the island.Please note during the winter months (May to October 19) the afternoon departure is approximately 3 hours in duration
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Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
"Explore one of the most amazing stretches of coastline in Oceania on a custom-built Waverider coach that keeps you comfortable as it moves effortlessly over sandy beaches rugged roads and quicksand streams. Start your New Zealand North Island adventure day trip with a stop at the Puketi Forest home to 1000-year-old kauri trees some of the most ancient trees in the world. Walk along a ground-level boardwalk that meanders around the trunks of the trees and learn more about the area from the information panels located throughout the walk.After you leave the Puketi Forest you’ll head to Houhora Harbour lunch at Wagner’s Holiday Park. Later you will go to Cape Reinga
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Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip
"Your one-of-a-kind Bay of Islands cruise departs from the Paihia Wharf and then picks up more passengers about 10 minutes later in Russell — you may hop aboard at either of these locations. On board your jet-powered multi-level catamaran with an underwater camera and both indoor and outdoor seating cruise through the Bay of Islands — named for its nearly 150 islands — heading toward Cape Brett the far eastern tip in the bay. Admire great views from the boat's spacious decks while you listen to the crew share information about the region’s history and ecology. Keep your eyes open for marine life like seals dolphins whales penguins and sea birds. Your cruise isn’t just for sightseeing
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Ninety Mile Beach... Tips (3)

Get on a Bus to Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga

The reason why rental companies do not allow you to drive on 90 Mile Beach (which is only 90km or 55 miles long) is simple: The cars are not insured. Often cars get stuck in the sand and have to be left behind. No emergency service is close enough to save the cars from the flood. Mobile phone coverage does not exist in most parts of the area. So the adventure often ends in an endless walk.

If you have your own car and want to risk the beach drive prepare yourself and the car well. Start two hours after high tide, either the way up or down, depending on the time of the tides. (The direction of the bus tours also changes for that reason.) Spray waterproofing spray on the ignition. Drive close to the water, so you do not get in the soft sand, slow down when crossing creeks. If you get stuck lower the air pressure of the tyres. There are many access roads. The buses use the Waipapakauri Ramp, 6km north of Awanui, and in the north they drive through Te Paki Stream - do not stop there!

If you still have the nerves to do it - do it. But do not expect quick help if something goes wrong.

As we wanted a relaxed trip we went on a bus tour with Cape Runners from Kaitaia.

The bus stopped at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom in Awanui which is a run-down town. In a sawmill they cut 30,000 to 50,000 year old kauri logs which they pull out from the swamps. Then at "The Bluff" which is a good fishing spot, with rough sea and volcanic outcrops. We also stopped after having driven through Te Paki Stream and climbed on the huge dunes. Most tours even include tobogganing on the dunes.

From Cape Reinga the tour leads to Tapotupotu Bay which is a wonderful beach next to the cape.

On the way back south on SH1 we stopped at Parengarenga Beach. The snow-white silica sands are used for producing glass. At Houhora Heads is the Wagener Museum which displays lots of Maori artefacts, kauri gum, early settlers' tools, firearms, and gives insight into whaling and the Victorian times.

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Kakapo2
Nov 20, 2013

Ninety Mile Beach...

Ninety Mile Beach is actually closer to 90kms, but when you're on it, it feels awfully long!
You can get special coach trips that roar through the surf and stop at sand dunes where you can boogie board down them.
If you have your own transport, look for signposted entries to the beach off State Highway 1. There's one not far north of Ahipara town. It can be dangerous taking your own car onto the beach, and rental cars are not covered by insurance.
This is an old (and dodgy) photo from 1987 on a family trip... I'll do better next time!

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worldkiwi
Feb 04, 2004

Ahipara - Ninety Mile Beach

At the bottom of Ninety Mile Beach, a sleepy little seaside town just west of Kaitaia. A great place to spend summer days, fishing, swimming, digging pipis or gathering paua. Take a walk inland, swimming in the rivers and water falls and gather blackberries. You can do a sand dune safari on one of the four wheel drive buses based in Kaitaia or take a day trip up to the Cape. Alternately travel overland on winding roads through fertile farm land to Mongonui stopping to have a look at the glow worm caves on the way.

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Jun 04, 2003
 
 
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