Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) view from the lighthouse
The famous landmark of Te Rerenga Wairua sits at the tip of the Te Paki Recreational Reserves, overlooking the meeting point of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. A highly significant area to Maori, it marks the point from which Maori descendants travel in spirit form back to their traditional homeland of Hawaiiki- A-Nui.
Learn of heritage past, and become absorbed in the cultural and historical significance of this special place.
The area around Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) provides easy access to walking tracks and beautiful swimming areas.
There is a choice of five DOC campsites near Te Rerenga Wairua.
View a map and read instructions on how to get to Te Rerenga Wairua. Plan, prepare and equip yourself for a safe and enjoyable adventure.
The afterlife is a spiritual concept shared by many cultures. Visit the site of departure for Māori spirits.
View photos from around Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga).
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga).
Cape Reinga factsheet (PDF, 223K)
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