During your trip to New Zealand, be sure to venture to the very top of the North Island to Cape Reinga. The rolling hills of Northland’s rural countryside, breath-taking coastal views and native forestland pave the way north before you finally reach the untouched and wildly beautiful region of Cape Reinga.
Your coach drive will take you along the sands of the Ninety Mile Beach – look out the window and you’ll see the waves crashing right beside your route before stopping to feel the sand between your toes.
Your off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can bring out the child in you and try out sand-boarding – simply make your way to the top of the dunes to slide back down.
Afterwards you’ll visit the Puketi Kauri Forest and get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. You’ll make your way along an elevated walkway surrounded by the giant trees, and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the forest today.
The Cape Reinga region is rich in Māori culture and tradition. So as you approach Cape Reinga, you’ll be told the stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. At the top you’ll visit the legendary lighthouse which looks out on the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together.
After admiring the most spectacular panoramic views imaginable, you enjoy a lunch of fresh fish and chips at the Houhora Game Fishing Club.