Tapotupotu Bay to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga)

Track category

Walking track


3 hr one way


5 km


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.

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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).


Fishing Fishing

Plan and prepare

Pack your insect repellent, sunscreen, and tide chart. Some sections of the track may not be accessible at high tide at Sandy Bay.

Help stop kauri dieback

Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.

Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.

Location map

Map of the Te Rerenga Wairua/Cape Reinga and Te Paki area.


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Total fire ban

There is a total fire ban within the Kaipara and Whangarei Districts, effective from 1 February 2015 until further notice.

Follow the Outdoor Safety Code

1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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