• 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.


  • 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Superb day out to the wild Cape, driving on the beach, and dune-boarding

Charlotte G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Awesome bus driver. He knew all the plants names as I study plants for my Landscaping business. Weather was perfect.. People were fun!

Glenn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Long but enjoyable day made all the more interesting by our coach drive/guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

What a great day! Highly recommended

Natalie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great day trip, beautiful scenery and knowledgable guide. Worth the money.

Robert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

A long day but worth it. Only in New Zealand would a bus be taken on a beach as part of the tour. Excellent guide with a passion for his subject.

Charles P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

What a wonderful day--walking the Kauri forest, riding on 90-mile beach, sand boarding on the dunes, and hiking up to Cape Reinga.

Katherine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017


William B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Even though it was raining off and on all day, this was a wonderful trip ! Our bus driver was so informative, and truly wanted us to enjoy the day. The drive out on 90 mile beach was amazing no rain then and the drive through the stream to get to the sand dunes was exciting no rain then either . But going on the Cape, with wild weather, was the highlight ! There is a somewhat steep walk down/up at the Cape on a paved path. We loved the full day !

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.

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