According to Maori legend, our location is "Te Hiku O Te Ika – The Tail of the Fish". And at the tip of the tail lies "Te Rerenga Wairua – Cape Reinga".
We are based at Te Paki Sand Dunes where you can find us with our brightly colored truck, hiring out sandboards every day.
Directions to Giant Te Paki Sand Dunes, 90 Mile Beach near Cape Reinga
Follow Cape Reinga signs from wherever you are and head north. As you come into the real far north you will then start seeing "Giant Te Paki Sand Dunes" signs. Follow those and you will find us at the end of the Te Paki Stream Road, beginning of the famous Te Paki Stream, entrance to the northern end of 90 Mile Beach.
Travel Times to Cape Reinga
Visitors often tell us they did not realise how far it is to get to Cape Reinga and they wish they had planned to stay for an extra day. We recommend that to truly experience the Real Far North, you stay overnight, because a day is simply not enough.
Auckland to Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes - 5½ hours
Bay of Islands to Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes - 3 hours
Kaitaia to Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes - 1½ hours
Auckland to Cape Reinga : 6 hours
Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga : 3½ hours
Kaitaia to Cape Reinga : 2 hours
Cape Reinga – A spiritual journey
The moment you step off the plane in Auckland, head straight for the real Far North, Cape Reinga.
Six hours drive from Auckland, pay your respects to the most sacred place in Aotearoa, the beginning of your physical journey and for some... the beginning of their spiritual journey.
According to Maori Legend, Cape Reinga is the place where our loved ones depart when it is their time to return to Hawaiki - where we are born and where we return.
Here you will be embraced by peace... connections with your loved ones both living and departed... a place for thought... a spiritual place.
Maori Legends and More About the Area
Giant Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes
17kms from Cape Reinga, at the end of the Te Paki Stream Road, is the best kept secret of Aotearoa – the majestic Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes. The dunes are huge and many, with history in every grain of sand.
Harihari Onepu (sand surfing) has been part of our history for generations but is now fast becoming a sport done by young, old, the fit and not so fit - flying fast down those mighty sand waves and screaming with absolute joy!
90 Mile Beach
Running along the base of the Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes is the famous Te Paki Stream, well known for it’s quicksand and its strong hold on cars. It’s a 3.5 km. pleasant walk down to the famous "Te Oneroa o Tohe - 90 Mile Beach".
Maori history and legend is every where... beautiful and sad love stories. This is where the annual Snapper Classic Fishing Competition and the annual Houtaewa Challenge takes place - named for a Chief who used to run along the beach from his pa at Pukenui.
A beautiful Department of Conservation (DOC) camp ground right on a white sand surf beach with great rock fishing.
Spirits Bay is another DOC camping ground not far from Te Paki. It was named by our ancestor Tohe who left the area to find his daughter kidnapped by another tribe. He told his family that if he did not return they must catch his spirit on its way past and he called this place "Kapowairua - Catch my Spirit". This is normally a golden sand beach but for three months of the year, the whole beach is covered with tiny pieces of coloured shells. A great surfing beach. Our people lived here in the summer because it was close to fresh water supply for their gardens.
Te Hapua, Bird and Marine life
Te Hapua, our place. Te Hapua means The Sleepy Hollow and that’s us, not sleepy, but relaxed. Te Hapua is surrounded by the Parengarenga Harbour. This is the purest harbour in the world with giant snow white silica sand dunes, Te Kokota, guarding the entrance and are Papatuanukus, Mother Earths, natural water filters.
The harbour is abundant with bird and marine life. Where else can you see the Kuaka (godwit) gather and fly off in clouds to the Tundra in Siberia and return six months later to the silica sands in the Parengarenga Harbour? Where else can you see numerous white heron spoonbills feeding on the shoreline and then gliding off gracefully above you?
Orca, dolphins, turtles, seals and stingray are not uncommon sights in the Parengarenga Harbour. Every sighting is a "tohu" - a sign of good things.
From here you start to head back down the "Tail of the Fish"...