Introduction

Starting at Tapotupotu Bay, this 5 km track climbs steeply for incredible views before descending into Sandy Bay and on to the Cape Reinga lighthouse.

Track overview

5 km one way

Walking and tramping

3 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track

Description

Sandy Bay. Photo: Matthew Bauer.
Sandy Bay

Tapotupotu Bay to Sandy Bay

Time: 1 hr 40 min

The track starts at the western end of Tapotupotu Bay and climbs steeply for a lovely view back towards the east along the coast. You will then follow the cliffs before descending into Sandy Bay.

This section of the track affords stunning coastal views back to Spirits Bay and of the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Sandy Bay is a lovely beach for swimming, fishing or relaxing, and has a stream.

Sandy Bay to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga)

Time: 1 hr 20 min

On this section, you exit Sandy Bay at the western end of the beach. From here, the track climbs steeply and quickly to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga). Toilets are available here. 

Notice the area off the lighthouse where the seas meet, and catch the views of the Three Kings Islands towards the north/northwest.

This track from Tapotupotu Bay to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) 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 Te Rerenga Wairua and 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.
  • Some sections of the track may not be accessible at high tide at Sandy Bay.

Contacts

Kaitaia Office
Phone:      +64 9 408 6014
Email:   kaitaia@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
Kaitaia Office
Phone:      +64 9 408 6014
Email:   kaitaia@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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