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

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands

Drive along 90 Mile Beach

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

Edwan United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Superb day trip of approx. 11 hours. Many different sights - Kauri forest, Cape Reinga itself, huge Kauri trees, good lunch fish n chips! and included sand boarding as per the picture. Best part of the trip was wave riding along 90 mile beach at 50 mph at the water's edge...superb overall, highly organized and kept to time.

Jane A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent day tour! Despite being a long trip, there was never a dull moment - all the sights were spectacular. Our guide was great Hughie? - funny and very informative.

Rebecca W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The trip was amazing. Our guide bus driver Robin was exceptional. Gave good history on the area as we rode along, We had the right amount of stops along the way for bathroom and getting a snack. Our lunch stop was a pleasant place along the water with great fish and chips. The right amount of tim3 was allowed so to be able to walk to Cape Reinga lighthouse. Beautiful scenery. The next stop to go sandboarding was a blast. Robin was wonderful in teaching us the right way to master the fun of sandboarding. The 90 mile ride on the beach along the Tasman sea was fabulous. It truly was an outstanding day,

Dianne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great driver with interesting tales to tell. Wonderful countryside, 90 mile beach and watching those who chose to slide down the dunes was fun.

Nancy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was excellent. There had been heavy rain the previous night which made for interesting scenery with water lapping the road in places. Our driver Robin was excellent, with plenty of information, but not constantly talking which could get tedious. He had great knowledge of the history and geography of the region, including Maori legends and the meanings of their place names.

Sandra K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We had perfect weather for this tour Full Day but went by fast with a nice driver who was always available and tried to tell fun locals stories. Worth the day!

Deborah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was a fabulous tour and our driver and guide Robin was fantastic. He gave lots of information on the area and sites visited and had quite the sense of humour. The Kauri forest was a nice short walk. Driving on 90 mile beach was definitely a unique experience - beautiful views - just be careful wading out a bit in the ocean as quite a few of us got soaked by a sudden surprise wave - lol. Next was going to the sand dunes and a once in a lifetime experience of sand boarding down the dunes. Very hard work trekking up the dune in the sand but worth the effort to slid down on a boogie board - so much fun. The drive up to and views from Cape Reinga were breathtaking. A bit of a walk to the lighthouse is rewarded with the best views. This was truly a tour not to be missed.

Deborah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was a fabulous tour and our driver and guide Robin was fantastic. He gave lots of information on the area and sites visited and had quite the sense of humour. The Kauri forest was a nice short walk. Driving on 90 mile beach was definitely a unique experience - beautiful views - just be careful wading out a bit in the ocean as quite a few of us got soaked by a sudden surprise wave - lol. Next was going to the sand dunes and a once in a lifetime experience of sand boarding down the dunes. Very hard work trekking up the dune in the sand but worth the effort to slid down on a boogie board - so much fun. The drive up to and views from Cape Reinga were breathtaking. A bit of a walk to the lighthouse is rewarded with the best views. This was truly a tour not to be missed.

Janice K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was a long day but a good day. The drive on the beach was amazing - as was the sand dune surfing. Cape Reinga is beautiful and we are so glad we went. Lunch was okay - just average. Kauri tree stop was good too.

xtrahotflatwhite

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the Cape. The drive on the beach was amazing. Lots of useful information given. The Fish and Chip lunch was as much as we needed. We were collected from our Paihia motel on time and left at the Visitor centre as requested. We were very lucky to have a fine day as the previous and next days were rainy. The fit and younger ones enjoyed the sand boarding. Highly recommend this to everyone.

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