Getting there & around
Apart from numerous tours, there’s no public transport. Far North Rd (SH1F) is sealed as far as Waitiki Landing. The final 21km are currently being sealed, starting from Cape Reinga and heading backwards. This project isn’t expected to be completed until 2012; prepare for delays. At the end of the road there’s a 1km walk from the car park to the lighthouse.
The other major route is Ninety Mile Beach itself, suited to rugged vehicles. Cars have been known to hit soft sand and be swallowed by the tides – look out for unfortunate vehicles poking through the sands. Check tide times before setting out; avoid it 2½ hours either side of high tide. Watch out for ‘quicksand’ at Te Paki Stream – keep moving. If you get stuck, your hire-car insurance won’t cover you. Enquire at Tuatua Tours about 4WD hire.
Fill up with petrol before hitting the Aupouri Peninsula. The petrol station at Waitiki Landing has been known to run out.