Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk

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Introduction

Enjoy outstanding panoramic views and pay respect to a site steeped in Maori tradition on a short stroll to an iconic lighthouse - it's suitable for children and buggies.

Track overview

300 m

Walking and tramping

10 min Easiest: Easy access short walk

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only
  • Help stop kauri dieback

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

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
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About this track

Description

Walk a short distance from the carpark to the lighthouse to experience outstanding views of our Northern Coast. To the west Cape Maria Van Dieman and Motuopao Island, to the east is Piwhane/Spirits Bay and Hikurua/de Serville Cliffs, the North Island's most northern point.

Offshore, you can witness the immense power of two mighty oceans merging. The currents of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet in a foaming swell of broken water over the Columbia Bank. At times, the churning waves erupt in explosions of spray and spume. On a clear day you might be lucky enough to see the Three Kings Islands on the distant horizon.

Getting there

Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua is located at the northernmost area of New Zealand, approximately 111 km north of Kaitaia.

Follow State Highway 1 north to Waitiki Landing, continuing another 20 km to Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua.

Cape Reinga Road gets very busy over the summer months. Drive slowly and take extra caution.

Know before you go

Toitū te whenua – leave the land undisturbed.

Contacts

Kaitaia Office
Phone:   +64 9 408 6014
Fax:   +64 9 408 6019
Email:   kaitaia@doc.govt.nz
Address:   25 Matthews Ave
Kaitaia 0441
Postal Address:   PO Box 569
Kaitaia 0441
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