Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach Tour

Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach Tour

Departing from the Bay of Islands, this full day tour takes us to Cape Reinga, at the very top tip of New Zealand. Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is rich in Maori culture and tradition. As you travel north, enjoy a taste of New Zealand's varying and beautiful landscape: the rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, breath-taking coastal views and native forest.

Drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Feel the sand between your toes as you help your driver guide dig for shellfish (conditions permitting). Your off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand-boarding. Clambering up and surfing down the dunes (if you dare!) is sure to get your heart pumping.

Visit the Puketi Kauri Forest and get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. Stroll along an elevated walkway as these graceful giants surround you, and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the forest today.

As you approach Cape Reinga, hear the stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together.

During your tour you'll also experience another Kiwi icon during an exclusive stop at the Houhora Game Fishing Club - a lunch of delicious fresh fish and chips! A vegetarian option is available - please make your selection when booking your tour. Your journey home will be equally enjoyable as your tour guide's combination of local insight, extensive historical knowledge and fantastic sense of humour create an unforgettable adventure.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Adventure Tours
From: Bay of Islands to Bay of Islands
Price: From (NZD) $150 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: GSCRW


Door-to-door service from Paihia township in luxury, air conditioned, full size coaches purpose-built for passenger comfort and sandy beach conditions
Sand board equipment
A full commentary is provided in English by your driver guide. Printed guide sheets are available in German, Japanese and Mandarin

Tour Highlights

  • Watching the currents swirl as two oceans converge together off shore at Cape Reinga
  • Sand boarding down giant sand dunes
  • Wandering through the Kauri forest
  • Listening to the commentary on Maori legends
  • Driving and walking on the Ninety mile beach
  • Fish & Chip lunch at Houhora Game Fishing Club (Vegetarian option is available on request)

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily. All year round
  • Departure Point: Paihia. Complimentary pick up and drop off service from local accommodation must be pre-booked. This will be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • Departure Time: 7:15am
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Return Details: Concludes at original point of departure
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

General Information

  • Child ages are 5-14 years inclusive (under 5 years are free of charge)
  • Morning tea stop for refreshments (own expense).
  • Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, walking shoes, camera and a change of clothes for sand boarding
  • The tide on Ninety Mile Beach will determine whether your coach travels north or south along the beach and is at the driver’s discretion
  • A full commentary is provided in English by your driver guide. Printed guide sheets are available in German, Japanese and Mandarin
  • Experienced driver-guides providing full commentary.
  • Daily departing city sightseeing tours.
  • A modern fleet of luxury coaches specifically designed for sightseeing and touring around New Zealand.
  • Glass roofed coaches on a number of tours.
  • Multi-lingual commentary
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off service from inner city hotels. Pick-up and drop-off details must be advised at the time of booking.

Tourism Affiliations

Qualmark Endorsed Visitor TransportQualmark Enviro Silver


There are 11 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Good day out. 12hr day but didn't seem like it! A great variety of things to see and do. Our guide Robin was very good, gave just the right amount of information and was always willing to answer questions.
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Great trip. great driver, and lucky enough to go back and forth on the beach.
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Our bus driver/ your guide was full of local knowledge and taught us so much about the Maori culture and with great delivery. He had us laughing from the second we set foot on the bus. Buses were clean and comfortable and safety was paramount to Hugh. It was a long day so we weren't sure before we went but I am so glad we did this trip.
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Cape Reinga was a highlight of my trip! Loved the day out and Jackie the guide was amazing.
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A seamless operation from Relaxing Journeys from the first contact through to pick up, catering, rest stops and most vitally the excellent commentary from driver, Scratch.
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Fantastic trip well worth the early start!!!!
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A great day with Kevin our driver and guide - his local knowledge was extraordinary, and he kept us informed and entertained all the way. Even when the bus broke down and we had to get another coach back to Paihia, he handled it all very well. We learnt a lot and had fun. Sandboarding was great, and the food stops good. Thanks Kevin.
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Matt is a great guide. The tour is really comprehensive as you can really see/do a lot. I wish I could stay at Cape Reinga for a longer time though. The view there is spectacular!
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This was a very long day commencing at Bay of Islands but it was worth the trip. Although it was a rainy day the rain stopped at the most opportune times allowing us to experience the sights without getting wet. We expected the bus to drive along 90-mile beach but did not expect to drive on the beach for such a long distance. When we arrived at Cape Reinga the lighthouse was in fog, but by time we walked half way to the lighthouse the sun appeared and it was beautiful. Thee are many hiking trails in the area but unfortunately there was not enough time to experience any of them. Other stops during the day added another dimension to our tour of the north island. We enjoyed the tour greatly.
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Probably the cherry on the cake... the best (independently booked) trip. Barry, the guide and driver was fabulous. Thanks for a lovely way to end our NZ trip.
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Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach Tour
Sightseeing Tours
Tour Code: GSCRW
From (NZD) $150 per person
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