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  • Location:Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands

Take an action-packed day trip from Paihia to the tip of New Zealand’s North Island on a guided tour of Cape Reinga! The Waverider coach, built to traverse sand, will drive you down the rugged coastline of Ninety Mile Beach. You’ll also see the mystical kauri trees, go sandboarding and dig for shellfish.


  • Visit Cape Reinga on the top of New Zealand's North Island
  • Admire its wild and untouched beauty and learn about its rich Maori culture and traditions
  • Immerse yourself in the Puketi Kauri Forest as you walk through 1,000 year old Kauri trees and native bush
  • Try the sandboarding experience down the massive sand dunes at Te Paki Stream
  • Walk on the vast and stunning Ninety Mile Beach
  • Enjoy lunch of either fish and chips or a falafel salad)
  • Listen to interesting commentary and Maori legends from your expert guide

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What You Can Expect

Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands

Te Paki Quicksand Stream

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 1,000-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, where you will enjoy a buffet lunch at Houhora Game Fishing Club . Later you will go to Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand. You’ll feel as though you’re standing on the edge of the world as you watch the Pacific Ocean collide with the Tasman Sea.

Maori legend says that Cape Reinga is the departure point for spirits on their way to the Maori homeland in Hawaiki. There are no shops on Cape Reinga, and eating and drinking is frowned upon in order to show respect for this sacred Maori site. For an additional cost, you can aid New Zealand’s conservation program by planting a native tree.

From Cape Reinga, your tour continues down the North Island’s coast. Your first stop is the giant sand dunes at the Te Paki Quicksand Stream, where you can try your hand at sandboarding. Experience an exhilarating ride down the face of a dune on a boogie board!

Finally, get back on the Waverider coach and head south on Ninety Mile Beach. This strikingly beautiful stretch of unpopulated beach, is a marked contrast to the bustle of the island’s East Coast, and you will have plenty of opportunities to stick your toes in the sand and help your guide dig for shellfish.

Your New Zealand North Island adventure ends with your return drive to Paihia.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was an awesome tour. I would reccomend this to anyone visiting the Bay of Islands area !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

this tour was made all the more interesting by our tour guide Chris who told us about the Maori tribes which he was one of Great tour motoring on 90 mile beach excellent fish and chips for lunch overlooking the water fabulous The Kauri trees amazing so much to see and do

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Brilliant tour. Exceptional guide. A long but great day. Lunch the only weak point but venue was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Long trip to drive on your own and our tour guide was very informative. Was thankful we hadn't purchased lunch as it was included for free and was a bowl of delicious fish and chips but not worth the purchasing price. Be prepared for a hike as it is quite a walk down to the Lighthouse and even steeper walk back. We needed the full 45 minutes they offered and many on our tour could not attempt. If you have a good camera you can still get great shots from up top .. It was an unbelievable experience to ride 90km per hour for 90 miles on the Beach! Getting out and walking that beautiful stretch was amazing as well!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Good product, well delivered by the driver/guide Kevin. The promised BBQ lunch became, without explanation, a second grade buffet lunch - in itself, not value for money. Otherwise, an enjoyable experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Just do it! Great tour from the 100km trip up 90 Mile beach in a bus, to the sand boarding to the spiritual Cape Reinga we really enjoyed this trip.We also loved the small places we drove though, Monganui and all of Doubtless Bay is some of the best scenery in the world. Very much recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

we had a great driver, Barry. wow this was a great trip. Everything was great from the coach, the commentary and the lunch. What a wonderful way to show our friends that part of New Zealand.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

good trip, good number of activities, comfortable, friendly and professional staff , good information of about the sites and places,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent drivers. Comfortable coach. Superb lunch. Perfect day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

It was a wonderful day. We did not do the sand boarding but had fun watching others. Certainly a great day out and did not seem to be an especially long day. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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