Top things to do

Museum in Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Gumdiggers Park

Kauri forests covered this area for 100,000 years, leaving ancient logs and the much-prized gum (used for making varnish and linoleum) buried beneath. Digging it out was the region’s main industry from the 1870s to …
Cultural Centre in Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Ancient Kauri Kingdom

Here, 50,000-year-old kauri stumps dragged out of swamps are fashioned into furniture, woodcraft products and a fair bit of tourist tat. The large complex includes a cafe, gift shop and workshop. A huge kauri log ha…
Landmark in Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Cape Reinga

Standing at windswept Cape Reinga Lighthouse (a rolling 1km walk from the car park) and looking out over the ocean engenders a real end-of-the-world feeling. This is where the waters of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Oc…
Temple in Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Nga-Tapuwae-o-te-Mangai

With its two domed towers (Arepa and Omeka, alpha and omega) and the Ratana emblem of the star and crescent moon, you could be forgiven for mistaking this temple for a mosque. Ratana is a Māori Christian sect with m…
Nature Reserve in Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Te Paki Recreation Reserve

A large chunk of the land around Cape Reinga is part of the Te Paki Recreation Reserve managed by DOC. It’s public land with free access; leave the gates as you found them and don’t disturb the animals. There are 7 …
Beach in Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Great Exhibition Bay

On the east coast, Great Exhibition Bay has dazzling snow-white silica dunes. There’s no public road access, but some tours pay a koha (donation) to cross Māori farmland or approach the sand by kayak from Parengaren…