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Cape Reinga Travel Guide: 72 reviews and 160 photos

Where Waters Collide.

Cape Reinga is considered to be New Zealands northernmost point, in much the same way that John O' Groats is considered to be Great Britains Northernmost point. Neither of them are (New Zealands is actually across at the Surville Cliffs and Britains is Cape Wrath). But here is where the lighthouse is, and here is where you can actually see the Tasman Sea collide with the mighty Pacific Ocean.

If you come to Cape Reinga under your own steam,as I did, (as opposed to travelling with an organised tour bus) be aware that it is a fair old drive, much of it on unsealed gravel road. But the drive through Northland is a pretty one, and it really is worth the effort, with lots of photo opportunities, and it means you can go on to visit nearby Spirits Bay (which the tour buses don't). Alternatively, there are many tour operators running from Kaitaia which will take you up the sands of Ninety Mile Beach, show you the Cape and take you back via the road.

A long way from anywhere else

The very nice people at the New Zealand Automobile Association decided that it would be helpful to know which way was the Equater, amongst other places, and how far away it was. Consequently there is a sign informing us that the Equater is a mere 3,827km, Los Angeles is over that way, just 10,479km away, and London is a sobering 19,271km away!

Certainly, there is a sense of isolation to be had here, and the feeling that you are a very long way from anywhere at all. Which, standing at the edge of New Zealand, one of the worlds more remote nations, you are...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Views don't get much bigger than this.
  • Cons:Can get crowded if several tour bus's turn up at once.
  • In a nutshell:Everything I wanted it to be.
  • Last visit to Cape Reinga: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2007 at 5:13 AM

    i have always wanted to go here

  • alucas's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2006 at 5:10 AM

    The more I read and the more of your pictures I see, the more I think we should make that long trip one day.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2006 at 1:58 PM

    all looks far too clean and outdoorsy for tonight

  • Tugboatguy's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2005 at 12:55 AM

    Hi Allison, Stunning seascapes, lucid exposition and a personable take makes the reader want to experience Cape Reinga B4UDIE! Marvelous page in your usual, friendly style. Gr8 tips!!! Doug

  • themajor's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2005 at 12:29 AM

    What a charming lighthouse! It looks as if the manufacturer forgot to send the centre section leaving the locals to fix the top directly to the bottom. Naval safety with a sense of humour! Well done that man!!

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2005 at 3:53 PM

    This will be on our list for our next Auckland visit.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2005 at 8:29 PM

    On top of downunder!

  • dragontml's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2005 at 4:57 PM

    i remember the strong wind blowing while walking to and from the lighthouse... ;-) u have some lovely pics here !!!

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2004 at 5:20 AM

    Stunning photos of this beautiful place. I'd l.ove to brigngb my girls here one day.

  • babar_1's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2004 at 7:00 AM

    Great pics. Haappy Birthday alison :o))


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