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.
After setting off from Paihia in the Bay of Islands, start your day with 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 .
As you travel north 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.
During lunch, check out the rolling surf at Taputaputa Bay. Have a go at beach rugby, cricket and Frisbee, or just chill out and take in the scenery.
After a quick lesson on the basics of sandsurfing, grab a board and make the climb to race down massive sand dunes at the Te Paki Stream – a real adrenaline rush. Take the awesomenz challenge and get amongst it!
Back on board the bus, speed 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). 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.
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