Cape Reinga is the ultimate northern New Zealand experience. See two oceans collide and discover ‘the place of leaping’, where Maori spirits begin their final journey.
At the Cape the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, in a spectacular swirl of currents. At the northernmost tip of the cape is a gnarled pohutukawa tree, believed to be over 800 years old, and according to Maori oral history, the spirits of deceased Maori leap from this tree into the ocean to return to their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki.
Reaching the iconic lighthouse at Cape Reinga is a popular travellers goal, but what takes most by surprise is the journey itself is as exciting as the destination.
Guided tours depart from Paihia (Bay of Islands) and Kaitaia in the Far North daily and travel the popular 90 Mile Beach as well as the road north bringing the fascinating gumdigging, maori and early European history to life. A popular way to see the remote and stunning Cape Reinga area is a ½ day guided tour departing Bay of Islands with scenic flights along both coasts of New Zealand.
While it’s not quite the most northern point of New Zealand (North Cape is further north, but it’s a scientific reserve and not open to the public), Cape Reinga is definitely the end of the road.
Functional facts: No population; fuel, meals and camp sites at Waitaki Landing (19 kilometres south).
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