Te Paki sand dunes 
Image: Eli Duke | Creative Commons

Introduction

This 4 hour 30 minute track leads you past Scott Point to the famous 90 Mile Beach and the Te Paki sand dunes.

Track overview

11 km one way

Walking and tramping

4 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

Twilight South. Image: Matthew Bauer.
Twilight South

South end of Twilight Beach to Scott Point

Time: 1 hr 30 min

Exit the south end of Twilight Beach following the orange markers. The track ascends above the beach and you will walk through scrub again, with views across Te Paki Farm.

You will eventually come to a board stairway that leads you up over the dunes and down onto 90 Mile Beach.

Scott Point to Te Paki Stream parking area

Stairs at Scott Point. Image: Sylvia Jones.
A tramper climbs the stairs at Scott Point

Time: 3 hr

Follow 90 Mile Beach south for approximately an hour and 30 minutes until you come to Te Paki Stream. This is also a popular vehicle entrance/exit to the beach so be prepared for cars and tourist buses.

Turn left and follow the stream inland through the dunes for another hour and 30 minutes until you come to the Te Paki Stream parking area and toilets. The track ends here.

It is approximately 9 km to Waitiki via the road from here.

The Twilight Beach to Te Paki Stream track forms part of the Te Paki Coastal Track. Rather than following Te Paki Stream inland, you can continue along 90 Mile Beach past Te Paki Stream and follow the coast further south. Distances are – The Bluff 19 km; Hukatere 51 km; Waipapakauri 69 km and Ahipara 83 km.

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.

Know before you go

  • Arrange pick-up and drop-off through Waitiki Landing Complex +64 9 409 7508. Tour buses also go up and back to Cape Reinga daily from Paihia and Kaitaia.

Contacts

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