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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

Ride a custom-built Waverider coach over the rugged and sandy coastline of Ninety Mile Beach on this full-day guided tour to Cape Reinga. Departing Paihia’s Bay of Islands for the top end of New Zealand’s North Island, you’ll walk under ancient trees in the Puketi Kauri Forest and go sandboarding down a quicksand stream at Te Paki Sand Dunes. Includes lunch and round-trip all-terrain transport from centrally located hotels.


  • 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

Take your North Island adventure to new heights on the incredible stretch of coastline between the Bay of Islands and Cape Reigna. A custom-built Waverider coach, built to effortlessly move over sand and rugged terrain, picks you up at your centrally located Paihia hotel or the Paihia waterfront. 

The first stop on your route is the ancient Puketi Forest. Follow your guide along a boardwalk that twists through the kauri forest and learn about the 1,000-year-old trees from informational panels located throughout the interpretive walk.

Next up is Houhora Harbour for an included buffet lunch at the Houhora Game Fishing Club. Then it’s onward to Cape Reinga to see the Tasman Sea merge with the Pacific Ocean at the Cape Reinga Lighthouse, situated at the northernmost tip of New Zealand. 

Continuing back down the Northland coast, your guide stops at the Te Paki Sand Dunes. Hop onto a sandboard for a thrilling downhill ride on the Quicksand Stream. Back aboard the Waverider, you’ll head south along Ninety Mile Beach, a striking stretch of unpopulated shoreline where you can stroll and dig for shellfish. 

Your full-day Northland tour ends with the return drive to your starting point in Paihia.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Such a great trip. Knowledgeable driver/guide. A lot sucked into one day.

Lawrence B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Top trip up to the Cape. The guide was the best. Always helpful. The views were to 'die for'. Really enjoyed the sand boarding.

Lorraine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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

christine w

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.

Douglas T

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!!

Lawrence B

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.

Karen E

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.

Linda P

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.

Hani A

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,

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