Visit Kaitaia, Northland, NZ

  • Kaitaia is New Zealand’s northernmost major town. It is 100 Km south of Cape Reinga and 300 Km from Auckland. The town has an interesting history with Maori and Dalmatian roots. It is interesting to visit historic homesteads, vintage collections, and the regional museum, as to browse craft shops and galleries.

    Kaitaia is famous for adventure tourism activites. Boat charter and ATV-or mountain bike hire are among many options for exploring the east and west coasts of this region, including tours.

    Accommodation in Kaitaia (NZ)

    Kaitaia has accommodation options to suit every budget – from luxury lodge or hotel to motel, holiday park or self-contained unit. Homestay and farmstay options may be available.


    Tourist Activities in Kaitaia

    Coach tours to spectacular Cape Reinga, at the northern tip of the North Island are a very popular activity. These may divert to drive along the northern part of Ninety Mile Beach.

    Activities based on 90 mile beach include sand-toboggan, land yacht, kite surfing, fishing, surfing and kayaking. Horse treks and 4WD safari tours are also available.

    The east coast is also good for fishing and is suitable for diving and sailing. Boat charters and kayak hire are amongst options for exploring and, potentially, catching your dinner.

    Gumdigger’s Park is worth visiting to learn about the history of the kauri gum trade in the region. Another popular attraction is Kaitaia’s Nocturnal Park.

     Kaitaia also has a well-established golf course.


    Kaitaia Coach Tours

    Scheduled coach and other transport options are available for travel to Cape Reinga and other Far North locations.


    90 Mile Beach

    Ninety 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.

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