A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to its northernmost point – Cape Reinga. Discover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Māori culture and tradition.
As you set off from Paihia in the Bay of Islands, your driver guide will keep you entertained with tales of the region's history, from the arrival of the Māori to present day. Our drivers are an amazing bunch, passionate about what they do and about the area they call home. We reckon they'll make your day even more special!
Stop at the seaside community of Taipa in Doubtless Bay for a morning snack, before continuing to the very tip of Aotearoa – Cape Reinga. According to Māori legend, the headland (also known as Te Rerenga Wairua) is the departing place for spirits making their final journey to the homeland, Hawaiki. Soak up the atmosphere of this special and powerfully beautiful place, as the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide far below you. See the famous Cape Reinga Lighthouse and snap a picture of the signpost showing the distance from here to the rest of the world.
Take a lunch break at Tapotupotu Bay. Have a go at beach rugby, cricket and Frisbee, swim in the rolling surf or just chill out and take in the scenery.
Depending on the tides, your journey to or from Cape Reinga will include a drive along the sand and surf on legendary Ninety Mile Beach – a registered highway. Smell the salt air and get some toe-digging tips from your driver as you hunt for pipi (fresh shell fish).
During your tour you'll also visit the giant sand dunes at Te Paki Stream at the top of 90 Mile Beach. After a quick lesson on the basics of sandsurfing, grab a board and make the climb to race down the dunes – a real adrenaline rush!
For something different, stop en route and take a short walk through the 15,000 hectare Puketi Kauri Forest. Take a deep breath of fresh NZ air while you hug a 2,000 year-old tree and gaze up at the rainforest canopy high overhead .
End the day overlooking the water at Mangonui eating our world famous 'fush 'n chups' (that's fish and chips to you!) before heading back to the Bay.
Please note child fares are not available on this tour.
Complimentary pick up and drop off service from local accommodation must be pre-booked. Pick up time approx 7.00am. This will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Our luxury, air conditioned, full size coaches are purpose-built for passenger comfort and sandy beach conditions.
NB: The tide on 90 Mile Beach will determine whether your coach travels north or south along the beach. This is at the driver’s discretion.
Refreshment stops are made for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Enjoy fish n’ chips at Mangonui (own expense). Pipi picking on 90 Mile Beach is dependant on conditions.
A full commentary is provided by your driver guide.
Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, walking shoes, towel, change of clothes for sandboarding and swimwear.