Far North / Cape Reinga

Visit the Far North Region of New Zealand

  • The Far North region which includes 90 Mile Beach & Cape Reinga has plenty to see and do.

    The region is a popular destination for both New Zealander's and international travellers, due to the amount of white sandy beaches, holiday spots and Maori history in the area.

    Luxury and budget accommodation and adventure activities such as beaches, wilderness hiking, diving, fishing and hunting, surfing safari, horse trekking and more are available throughout the district.

    The Far North sits above a line about 50 Km north of Whangarei and 20 Km south of Paihia. The land is mainly rolling pasture or land under forestry. The Far North offers unspoiled wilderness experiences in native forest, coastal beaches and dunes,

    The Far North is known for its mild, sub-tropical climate, and is often referred to as “The Winterless North”. Boating is popular, along with diving. Swimmers must be careful in surf, especially at ninety mile beach. Safer swimming can be found in lakes, rivers and harbours.

    Accommodation in The Far North (NZ)

    Accommodation options for every budget include luxury lodge,motel and hotel, camping, motor home, holiday home backpacker, and B&B (bed and breakfast), homestay and farmstay.

    Gourmet seafood is often a speciality at.restaurants and lodges in this region, and other wild foods are also on menus.

    There are accommodation facilities close to most areas in the Far North; the main towns (south to north) are Opononi, Kawakawa, Rawene, Kaihohe, Paihia, Kerikeri, Kaeo, Ahipara, Kaitaia, Cooper’s Beach, Te Kau, Ferry Landing.

    Cape Reinga

    Cape Reinga, at the northernmost tip of New Zealand where the Pacific and Tasman Sea meet, is a popular tourist attraction that can be visited by rental car or coach tour. Nearby Spirits Bay is also popular. Cape Reinga is located over 100 km north of the nearest small town of Kaitaia. The name of the cape comes from the Maori word 'Reinga', meaning the 'Underworld'. Another Maori name is 'Te Rerenga Wairua', meaning the leaping-off place of spirits.Both refer to the Maori belief that the cape is the point where the spirits of the dead enter the underworld. The ligthhouse at Cape Reinga was built in 1941 and first lit during May of that year, replacing a lighthouse located on nearby Motuopao Island, which had been built 1879. In 1987, the lighthouse was fully automated and the lighthouse keepers were withdrawn. The previous 1000 watt light has since been replaced with a 50 watt flashing beacon.

    90 Mile Beach

    90 Mile Beach is closer to 90 Km in length. The name refers to horse travel in colonial times. It is exposed to the, usually rough, Tasman Sea between the North Island and Ausralia. A line of tall sand dunes separates forested inland areas from the sea. Fishing by surfcasting is regarded as the best in New Zealand, with the largest snapper being caught in this way.

    Bus tours or 4WD rental allow exploring sections of the beach, or its whole length, and to camp and fish or surf. But great care is needed as the waves and currents can be dangerous.

    Things to do in Far North (NZ)

    Some other great ways to explore are by walking, horse trek, quad-bike or 4WD rental.

    Coastal walkways and tracks allow people to safely trek through unspoiled wilderness (the Cape Reinga Coastal Walkway is 133 Km long). Horse trekking is a popular activity. Alternatively, there are trails in ancient kauri forests that reveal interesting ecology andwildlife.

    Boutique shops, art and craft galleries are to be found in some unusual places. Locally manufactured gourmet foods are found in many out-of-the-way places.

    Fishing is usually very good in Northland, whether surfcasting from a beach, fishing in-harbour, or from a charter vessel. Fishing tours are highly recommended. Game fishing is well catered for especially from Paihia.

    Far North Coach Tours

    Scheduled coach and other transport options are available at most of the main towns of the Far North. Rental cars and motor homes are also popular options for free itinerary tourists.

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    Far North / Cape Reinga