Moving time  one hour 22 minutes

Time  one hour 42 minutes

Coordinates 994

Uploaded February 25, 2018

Recorded February 2018

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3.47 mi

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near Pandora, Northland (New Zealand)

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This route has been recorded as shorter than it actually is. I started the recording at the place where the trail forks, to follow the Cape Reinga lighthouse on the one hand, and go down to the beach on the other, from where at low tide you can continue to the dunes of Cape Marie van Demien. At the time we did, the sea was rising, and we did not complete the route (which can exceed 16 km together) to avoid problems on the way back. Although the way back to the car park has been recorded in a single direction, the visitor must do it in both directions, so the track should also be increased by 1 km or so to include this part.
The lighthouse itself is a remarkable image, but the environment in which it is located is much more so. Wonderful fine sandy beaches and high cliffs beaten by the sea created an image very similar to that of very special corners of the always remembered Asturian terroir. Nearby, impressive sand dunes, where some people descended on sand surfs, made other dreamy images, inside the Te Paki Recreation Reserve, but also much further down, following the Ninety Mile Beach along the Aupouri peninsula.
The area itself is legendary: the Maori consider Cape Reinga to be the place where the souls of the dead set out on their way to the spiritual beyond, precisely on that ramp seen in the small peninsula located below the lighthouse . On a nearby promontory to the east is a 800-year-old pohutukawa tree, whose roots the souls of Maori glide. This makes the area a sacred enclave in Maori culture; do not approach the tree, or eat or drink in the area.
But geographically it is also of considerable importance: the piece of sea in front of the cape is the place where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet, and they do not always do so in a calm way. On stormy days, waves of more than 10 meters high are produced in that union area. Even on the calm day of our visit, we clearly saw waves of appreciable size there.
Cape Reinga is not the northernmost area of New Zealand, for the North Island that place corresponds to the cliffs of Surville, to the east of the Cape, and for the whole to the King Islands, a refuge for natural life in which they are preserved multiple species in danger of extinction, and in which the establishment of humans has been prohibited.
Few things are easier than getting to Cape Reinga if you have a car or use other means of transport (we've seen people on bikes claiming to be crossing New Zealand entirely) - just follow National Highway 1 to its final. You will love the scenery, and my colleagues say that the bath they took on the beach west of the cape (Te Werahi Beach) was excellent; so if you go in summer don't forget your swimsuit; if it goes in winter or there is a storm tell me, if you do me the favor.
New Zealand is full of wonderful places: Cape Reinga and the dunes are one of them. If you go, don't miss it. It is far, but it is worth every km. routes to get there.
Although we still stayed two more days in New Zealand, this was the last day of trekking. Our trip was wonderful, we chose the right time and places to visit that amazed us, but surely a large part of the reasons why it turned out so well has been in the excellent work of the travel agency (Mundoexplora) that prepared the definitive itinerary, made all the reservations and fixed the few problems that arose. Excellent work, Vania. Thanks for everything.
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4 comments

  • Photo of manuelruizapatero

    manuelruizapatero Feb 25, 2018

    Ruta panorámica del Cabo Reinga, donde los espíritus de los maoríes iban al paraíso. Baño espectacular en la playa camino del Cabo de María van Diemen...

  • javeadeverano Dec 14, 2018

    Interesante sitio, con vistas maravillosas.

  • César Argilés Jan 3, 2019

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Fácil, con mucho güiri, pero cuando accedes al cabo,recomendamos bajar por largo sendero,hasta la playa y darse un baño en aguas límpidas

  • luis.perecruz Mar 17, 2019

    Fantásticas imágenes e historia.

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