Te Paki, Cape Reinga
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Introduction

This 9 km walk between Pandora and Tapotupotu Bay mainly follows old farm tracks until you reach idyllic Tapotupotu Bay.

Track overview

9 km one way

Walking and tramping

5 hr 30 min Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only.

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About this track

Description

A tramper walks along the beach at Pandora. Image: Sylvia Jones.
A tramper walks along the beach at Pandora

Pandora to track junction

Time: 1 hr

The track guides you up through vegetation, climbing steadily until you reach a junction. Here you can head towards SH1 via the Pandora Track or follow the track markers and signage towards Tapotupotu Bay.

Track junction to Tapotupotu Bay campground

Time: 4 hr 30 min

Views along track. Image: Matthew Bauer.
Scenic views along the Pandora-Tapotupotu Bay track

The track undulates along the top of a ridge, with stunning views across the Te Paki Reserves and to both the north and west coasts, including the sand dunes, Cape Maria Van Diemen, and the distant Cape Reinga lighthouse.

Fernbirds and grey warblers as well as pink and white manuka (in spring) are a highlight on this section.

The track eventually leads you back to the coastal cliffs with dozens of pohutukawa clinging to the rock faces before making your descent into Tapotupotu Bay.

This track from Pandora to Tapotupotu Bay forms part of the Te Paki Coastal Track.

Getting there

Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) and Te Paki are located at the northernmost area of New Zealand on the Aupouri Peninsula. Follow State Highway 1 north from Kaitaia approximately 96 km to Te Paki and 111 km to Te Rerenga Wairua.

You have vehicle access to Tapotupotu – turn off SH1 2 km south of Te Rerenga Wairua follow signposts approximately 3 km of gravel road to Tapotupotu Bay.

Know before you go

Pack your insect repellent, sunscreen, and tide chart.

Contacts

Kaitaia Office
Phone:   +64 9 408 6014
Address:   25 Matthews Ave
Kaitaia 0441
Email:   kaitaia@doc.govt.nz
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