Cape Reinga (or Te Rerenga Wairua in Ma-ori) is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Cape Reinga is located over 100 km north of the nearest small town of Kaitaia.
The name of the cape comes from the Ma-ori word 'Reinga', meaning the 'Underworld'. Another Ma-ori name is 'Te Rerenga Wairua', meaning the leaping-off place of spirits. Both refer to the Ma-ori belief that the cape is the point where the spirits of the dead enter the underworld.
First stop is the Puketi Kauri Forest for a 20 minute boardwalk stroll amongst 1000-year old kauri trees. Pass by golden sand beaches at Whangaroa, Coopers Beach, Cable Bay and Taipa. Refreshments stop at Ancient Kauri Kingdom.
The departing place for Maori spirits is Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea and mighty Pacifi c Ocean crash together beneath the Cape Reinga Lighthouse. Walk out to the lighthouse and post a card home at New Zealand's most northern mailbox. Other highlights include the Te Paki Quicksand Stream (which we navigate by coach very carefully), thrilling sand tobogganing on boogie boards down the giant Te Paki Sand Dunes and travelling by coach down the vast Ninety Mile Beach.
Please note: The tide on Ninety Mile Beach will determine whether your coach travels north or south along the beach. This is at the driver's discretion.
Departures (year round):
Paihia: Accommodation pick ups start at 7.15am
Kerikeri: Departs 7.50am
Approx 11 hours.
Complimentary pick ups and drop offs from local accommodation (must be pre-booked). Please advise at the time of booking. Accommodation pickups start at 7.15am and the coach departs Paihia at 7.30am.
Specifically built for travelling on the sands of 90 Mile Beach, our late model coaches are air conditioned for your personal comfort.
Refreshment stops are made for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (not included). Bring your own picnic lunch or buy it at the morning tea stop. Pre-ordered picnic lunch available $15pp.
A full commentary is provided in English via the on-board sound system. Printed guide sheets are available in English, German, Japanese and Mandarin.
What to Bring:
Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, camera and lots of film.