Cape Reinga via Ninety-Mile Beach
Trip Start Feb 01, 2006
239Trip End Jun 04, 2007
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We then headed further North via Ninety Mile beach, which is actually only 64 miles long. But is a public highway so you are able to drive along it. From what the driver told and showed us it seems the drive is a fairly dangerous one to make by yourself in a car, and there was definitely evidence of this! Also if you choose to make the journey up the beach in a rental car, it probably isn't covered in the insurance
After a lunch stop at a beautiful bay, we made the rest of the journey to the Cape. From the Cape you can also see where the Tasman Sea and the pacific Ocean meet. Today it was fairly calm, but apparently it can be quite spectacular when the seas are rougher.The Maori believe that after death, Maori spirits travel up Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga to the pohutukawa tree at the Northernmost point of the Cape. The spirits then slide down the roots of the tree into the sea and travel to the land of their ancestors. There is a lighthouse based as the Cape as well as a postbox to send some souvenir postcards from. There is also a cheesy sign showing how many miles you are from lots of cities around the world. It was a really enjoyable day and I would really recommend making the trip.