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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga

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Cape Reinga, New Zealand, 0204

The Basics

Cape Reinga sits at the northern end of the Aupouri Peninsula, marking the tip of the Northland district. It’s is a significant site for New Zealand Maori: known as Te Rerenga Wairua, Maori folklore says that thewairua (spirits) of the dead gather at the head of the cape before they are carried back to their homeland, Hawaiki. The ancient pohutukawa at the edge of the cape marks the gateway to the underworld.

Cape Reinga is a popular sightseeing location, with its lighthouse and quirky set of signs next to it, indicating the distance to significant cities all over the globe. Several nature walks branch out from the cape, and there are campsites and beaches nearby, some accessible only by foot or boat. Hikers looking for a multi-day walk can try the Te Paki Coastal Track, a low-intensity trail with plenty of camping options. Northland sightseeing tours often visit the spot as part of their itinerary, typically paired with a stop at nearby 90 Mile Beach.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bay of Islands

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A must do trip
Graeme, Jul 2021
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
It was an awesome day. Enjoyed the sand surfing and finally getting to top of NZ. Weather was great despite predictions.
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Best way to see far north
Donna_B, Jul 2021
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
Great day. Excellent way to experience the far north. Tour guide was awesome. Great sense of humor. Recommend to everyone.
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Great trip!
Tyler, Mar 2020
Cape Reinga Half-Day Tour Including Scenic Flight
Great experience overall! Unfortunately the weather at Cape Reinga was extremely foggy but the trip was still worth it overall. Great experience.
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Trip highlight in the north
Ashley, Jan 2021
Cape Reinga - 90 Mile Beach Tour
It was a really great day made even more memorable by our driver/ guide who was amazing and gave his so much interesting information and took us to lovely bays that we would never have known. So worth the money!
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Great experience
Beta, Mar 2021
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
The overall trip was amazing - went to so many different places and having a guide tour who knew the areas and history made it even better and enjoyable. We wouldn’t have been able to go to the places we went on that day if we did the trip on our own so totally recommend 😊. Also, love that tour guide shared his personal experience about each place as it makes us appreciate the places we’ve just visited.
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Amazing experience!
Ashley, Dec 2020
Cape Reinga - 90 Mile Beach Tour
It was an awesome day and Derek was an outstanding guide and driver. He gave us so much information. It was well worth the money and we saw places we would normally never have visited
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Absolutely fabulous
hendersonann07, Feb 2021
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
Driver fantastic, great lunch, great knowledge imparted, highlight drive along 90mile beach, sand surfing
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Our trip to the north
Nuno_S, Jan 2021
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
Excellent crew/coach , full day with some experiences (nineteenth miles beach, sand dunes and of course the cape reinga environment ) recommended
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Family seeing another part of NZ Pahia to the Cape andback
johnt, Feb 2021
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
Our driver /tour guide was Gareth nd he was a wealth of knowledge and very informative during the whole day we spent with him from 7.15 in the morning to 6.30pm that night. Comfortable coach to be on and with good size windows to enjoy the scenery from. Good stops along the way for toilet breaks and morning and afternoon teas etc. Lunch supplied was fresh and lovely and Gareth himself took time to chat with the passengers to find out where they came from and that was really awesome for him to do this. Had a fantastic day weather wise and the whole trip was great our girls enjoyed the sand surfing and the visit to the cape and along 90 mile beach. As each point of interest came up Gareth gave us an informed history of it and the region. A long day but very relaxing and informative and fun thanks to Gareth. We were a family of 7 seeing another part of NZ
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Tour guide supreme!
louisecombrinck, Dec 2020
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
Our tour guide (Chris) was AMAZING! He knew so much history of the region and told the stories in a manner that we'll remember for years to come! The activities were well planned and the scenery gorgeous!
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The northern trip
Robert_C, Feb 2020
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
Well organised tour with local pickups and pleasant driver/guide. It’s a long day with an early start but well worth it.
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Wonderful to be able to walk to the lighthouse at Cape Reinga and see the meeting of the oceans
Peter, Feb 2020
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
The tour met all of our expectations. The tour leader/driver (Roger) very informative and pleasant and helpful. His command of Te Reo was impressive and he engaged his passengers in this as well. Time keeping was perfect - pickup as arranged, chance to have breaks, great stopping off points. A wonderful experience we are so glad to have had.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visitor facilities and parking are provided at the opening to the Cape’s Lighthouse Walk.

  • Cape Reinga sits on the edge of Te Paki Recreation Reserve, where you can spot native birds and plants and ride down sand dunes.

  • Look out for the rare flax snail, or pūpūharakeke, which is found only in small patches of Cape Reinga and Te Paki Reserve.

  • Cape Reinga is a long way from the shops, so be sure to bring everything you’ll need for a day out, including sunscreen, insect repellent, food, and water.

  • The main Cape Reinga track is accessible for wheelchair users, although other tracks in the area may not be.

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How to Get There

Cape Reinga is approximately 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of Kaitaia via State Highway 1; the drive typically takes about 90 minutes. If you’re pressed for time and money is no object, there are also charter flights available from various Northland airstrips.

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When to Get There

It’s always a good time to visit Cape Reinga, as Northland is known for having warm, summery weather year-round. To avoid the crowds that typically flood the area around Christmas and New Year’s, consider going in early December or late January/early February—the sun should still be high and the crowds will have thinned out.

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Where to Eat Near the Cape

Tikanga Māori (Maori custom) requests that visitors refrain from eating or drinking at the headland as a mark of respect for the dead passing through. That said, you can picnic at nearby spots such as Te Werahi Beach and Tapotupotu Bay. Otherwise, you can drive roughly an hour south to Pukenui, which has a couple of cafés.

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