Many people who come to New Zealand are wondering whether the long journey to Cape Reinga is worthwhile. We say: Yes! Hwre we explain why the almost 6-hour trip to the northernmost point of New Zealand is definitely worth it!
1. The trip to Cape Reinga
2. The sights on the way to Cape Reinga
We have on the way up to the north, there are a lot of sights to see. For example Gibbs Farm, the Wahngarei Falls, a gloworm cave (Waipu Caves) and Bay of Islands. On the way back we drove along the west coast and saw the 90 Mile Beach, the Giant Tepaki Giant Sand Dunes and the Kauri Walks to the largest and oldest Kauri trees in the Waipoua Kauri Forest. In the Waipoua Forest you can see even kiwi in the wild. Unfortunately we were not so lucky.
3. The spectacular coastline
The coast at the northernmost point of the North Island is incredibly beautiful. In all directions you can look at the sea and the steep cliffs offer the perfect photomotiv! There is also a pretty lighthouse.
4. The Tasmanian Sea meets the Pacific
For the Maori, Cape Reinga is a spiritual place. This is where the Tasmanian Sea meets the Pacific. In the sea you can see great wave formations at the exact spot where the two oceans meet. This sight in connection with the beatiful surrounding creates a really unique aura. It’s hard to describe, but you will feel it if you are there!
5. The Sunset
At the lighthouse of Cape Reinga you should be able to experience one of the most beautiful sunsets. During our visit, the sun had just hidden behind a wilted spot, but we could already imagine how incredible this sunset can be with clear skies. The beautiful surrounding area contributes much to this.
If you want to see the sunset, you should get a spot on the Tapotupotu Camping Area before sunset. Depending on how big the crowd at Cape Reinga is, you could otherwise go empty.
Have you ever been to Cape Reinga? How did you like it?