Tapotupotu Bay to Cape Reinga

This track situated near Cape Reinga offers stunning views of coastal waters, and the Cape Reinga lighthouse.

From the carpark you can join part of the New Zealand Walkway System. A track leads down to Werahi Beach and continues on to Te Paki Stream. A track above the carpark winds around the coast to the Department of Conservation campsites at Tapotupotu Bay and Spirits Bay. Walking the Cape Reinga hills with a sea breeze, bright sunlight, pure air and wide vistas is a sheer delight.

Time: 2.5 hours one way  Distance: 4.5km

Tapotupotu Bay to Sandy Bay  Time: 1 hr 40 min


Sandy Bay to Cape Reinga  Time: 45 min


Cape Reinga and Te Paki are located at the northernmost area of New Zealand on the small, narrow Aupouri Peninsula, approximately 60 km north of Kaitaia. Just follow State Highway 1 north. From Te Paki onwards, follow Cape Reinga Road.

Cape Reinga Road is an unsealed road and gets very busy over the summer months. Please drive slowly and take extra caution.

You have vehicle access to Tapotupotu (the turn off from Cape Reinga Road to Tapotupotu is signposted) and, at the other end of the track, Cape Reinga car-park.