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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 Houhoura Harbour for lunch (choice of Fish and chips or Falafel Salad) at the iconic Wagner’s Holiday Park. 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

carol w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Well organised. Informative driver - without information overload
Loved the short stop to see the kauri trees
Long day - although there are several stops, do bring extra drinks with you.

Ksjscreen United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I thought 11 hours would be brutal, but it flew by. We had lousy weather and poor visibility, but Jackie made it so fun. The history and stories were great. Nice group we went with. 2 top highlights were riding on 90 mile beach and sand surfing. All in all it was a great trip.

Marjorie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Brilliant trip, lots of varied experiences from sand dunes to Kauri giants, beach drive and excellent complimentary lunch. If you get the chance, take this trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had already toured for two weeks the North and South islands and this trip ranked up at the top of the experiences we had.
This topography was not expected - how beautiful and if I would relocate to NZ this would be the region. Do It !!!!!

Dave Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour, very informative, fish and chip lunch was terrific. The run up the beach was interesting and fun when they turn in via a river bed. The real fun was the sandboarding, if you have the energy to walk up the sandhill you must give it a go.

Ronald W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent Coach Driver from both a comfort view and gave very interesting commentaries.
Would recommend this trip to all visitors to the Bay of Islands

Clare M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We all thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was very well conducted and there was just enough time at each stop.
I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone visiting the Bay of Islands.

Pamela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour,lovely lunch in nice setting,great drive along the beach and great fun sand boarding.
Our lady driver was lovely.

Davedeeo United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A tour packed full of information and sights. Whilst there was a lot to cover all the stops were of sufficient time whilst keeping on the move to ensure we got everything in. The fish and chips for early lunch were excellent. It was quite surprising to find that the 2WD coach was not significantly different from usual even though it was to drive down a stream bed on to the 90 mile beach.

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great day - long but we did everything that was promised. Loved riding on the beach and sliding down the dunes! Our tour guide Tipianui did his very best to show us all a good time, and showed patience in herding the folks on and off the bus at our stops!

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