Attractions

Top Choice Viewpoint in Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Cape Reinga

State Hwy 1 terminates at this dramatic headland where the waters of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet, breaking together into waves up to 10m high in stormy weather. Cape Reinga is the end of the road both lite…
Top Choice Dunes in Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes

A large chunk of the land around Cape Reinga is part of the Te Paki Recreation Reserves 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…
Arts Centre in Kaitaia

Te Ahu Centre

This civic and community centre features a cinema, theatre, tourist information centre, gallery and the Te Ahu Heritage exhibits of the Far North Regional Museum. Artefacts include kauri gum, carved pounamu weapons …
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 …
Museum in Doubtless Bay

Butler Point Whaling Museum

This small private museum is set in lovely gardens at Hihi, 15km northeast of Mangonui. The centrepiece is a still-lived-in Victorian homestead built by retired whaling captain, William Butler, who settled here in 1…
Beach in Ahipara

Shipwreck Bay

The best surfing is at this small cove at Ahipara's western edge, so named for shipwrecks still visible at low tide.
Temple in Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Ngā-Tapuwae-o-te-Mangai

With its two domed towers (Arepa and Omeka, alpha and omega) and the Rātana emblem of the star and crescent moon, you could be forgiven for mistaking this temple for a mosque. Rātana is a Māori Christian sect with m…
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…
Museum in Kaitaia

Te Ahu Heritage

The eclectic exhibits of the Far North Regional Museum feature natural history and local cultural stories. Artefacts include kauri gum, carved greenstone weapons and wood carvings dating back to the 14th century.
Winery in Karikari Peninsula

Karikari Estate

Part of the Carrington Resort complex, impressive Karikari Estate produces wines of all hues and has a cafe attached. While the wine tastings are shamelessly overpriced, at least the sublime views are free.