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Getting There & Away

Apart from numerous tours, there’s no public transport past Pukenui – and even this is limited to Thursday-only buses from Kaitaia ($5, 45 minutes) operated by Far North Link.

As well as Far North Rd (SH1), rugged vehicles can travel along Ninety Mile Beach itself. However, 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. Many car-rental companies prohibit driving on the sands; if you get stuck, your insurance won’t cover you.

It's best to fill up with petrol before hitting the Aupouri Peninsula.