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Ninety mile beach

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Ninety mile beach

We are in our late 60s and the bones creak somewhat. We would like to visit 90 mile beach - because it is there probably - but cannot find too much about it. We will have a hire car but not 4WD, so would need a tour from Kaitaia.

Not being that active, is there much to do on a day trip. Won't be snorkelling etc, nor likely to sandboard.

Ideas please

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Highly recommend a day bus tour. We did it with Harrisons and couldnt fault the trip. rental cars are banned from driving on ninety mile beach and you wouldnt want to drive on it without local knowledge. The Harrisons trip stopped off at interesting spots including cape reinga. also some sandboarding, but its just as much fun to watch. And then the wonderful return trip along ninety mile beach. I got some great photos.

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Hi gloandbob,

Hopefully you will already be in the Far North area, enjoying other attractions as well? 90 Mile Beach is famed for its fishing. It's also an extensive unspoilt and remote part of the country.

If you are visiting the Far North, the day trips to Cape Reinga, also undertake the drive one way (north or south) along the beach-sand at low tide. For tours from Kaitaia, try Harrisons Cape-runner - http://www.harrisonscapereingatours.co.nz/

If you only wish to pop down to the beach for a quick look, and are driving yourselves, there is access from Waipapakauri Landing, but also from Ahipara beach which is south-west of Kaitaia township. Ahipara is a very nice beach community with some accommodation facilities and a store.

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Hi Gloandbob, If you can afford to splash out I highly recommend a private 4x4 tour.

We did this a couple of years ago and had a wonderful day in which we learnt so much about the region.We drove right along the beach stopping for morning tea when a table was set up for us with delicious home made scones.We continued up the Te Paki stream which was exciting,watched the sand tobagganing for a while.Walking over sand dunes we saw the wild horses that live in that area and continued up to Cape Reinga.

Coming back we travelled down the east coast stopping for a wonderful lunch with wine all set up for us on a beautiful beach.

This was one of the best trips we've done in out three visits to NZ.

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Thanks, all.

We will be coming to NZ in November. A 4WD tour is an option, as is Harrison's tour, which gets some good reviews. The crux for us is other than the sightseeing, what activities are there that are not too strenuous. Seems to be little wildlife etc to see

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Right at the top of Northland it's more about scenery,deserted beaches etc. not wildlife viewing.

If you stay around Opononi/Omapere in the Hokianga region you can visit the Waipoua forest with the giant kauri trees and there is the kauri gum museum in Matakohe.

Over on the east coast in the area around Paihia you have the Waitangi treaty grounds and numerous boat trips where you may see dolphins.Russell is also a lovely quaint historic town to explore.

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Hi gloandbob, another idea is to see 90 Mile Beach from the air. We did a flight from Kerikeri with Salt Air which flew over the coastline giving great views, landed in a field in the middle of nowhere and were then taken by minibus to Cape Reinga to see the lighthouse. That's a walk downhill from the car park - and uphill back but perfectly manageable for most people. We had a tea break next to a lovely deserted beach and then went to Te Paki dunes for a bit of sand surfing (not everyone did that). The trip was concluded by flying back over the Bay of Islands which was very scenic. It was a half day tour.

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Omapere is on our list for an overnight stop on the way back to AKL. We plan to have 3 nights in Paihia and plan to take a Hole in the Wall trip and go to Russell, as well as go North to Waitangi.

The Salt Air trip looks really good. some great reviews.

Like all these things across the other side of the world they take some organising. We have maybe 5 weeks in total, concluding with a few days in Fiji to chill out, so there is much to think about. Even with that long, there is only so much we can do.

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My parents were in 70s and they loved the bus trip.

especially the kauri stop (still talk about the stairway), and the lovely scenery. Stop for an ice cream, and lunch at a lovely beach. Visit Cape Reinga. Then the bus negotiates the quicksand in stream, sand dunes and onto ninety mile beach. I see you have questions on other forums. Perhaps you need to post iternary with your interests so suggestions can be made with knowledge of other places you are visiting. If you want wildlife then seals, dolphins, whale tours are suggestions in North and South. You will see seals on the Abel

tasman National Park which I think you are visiting.

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Northland has a number of Kiwi-bird habitats, but being shy flightless birds, they spend their daytime hiding and come out at night-time to feed. There is a twilight tour that departs from Omapere at the Copthorne hotel, called Footprints Waipoua. A mix of history, entering the kauri forest, and listening for Kiwis.

The Far North does have lots of wildlife in the form of shorebirds and migratory birds. One of the best areas for viewing is around Houhora - Hendersons Bay and northwards. Dolphins are found around Doubtless Bay and other harbours towards the Bay of Islands - eco-tours depart from Paihia.

Driving to the Bay of Islands, a stop-over on the Tutukaka coast is well worth the detour. One of the best eco-tours I've enjoyed is the Perfect Day cruise to the Poor Knights Islands scenic reserve. Both marine and land areas are all protected and sacred. You don't need to be a swimmer or diver to enjoy this trip. Kayaks are supplied for passengers use during the long lunch stop. Usual to see a large pod of dolphins on the open sea between the coast and the islands. Awesome bird-life on the water and hovering around the offshore islands and rocky outcrops.

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Poppynz. Itinerary still in planning stages. We came to NZ some 12 years ago but for only a couple of weeks, staying in Paihia, Auckland and Rotorua in North Island and Franz Josef (rained for 3 days solid) , Queenstown and Christchurch, so we are looking to revisit some and seek pastures new. Will post itinerary here when a little nearer finalisation, when your input would be most appreciated.

Frangipani (love your adopted name) thanks. Had not heard of Tutukaka so will look up.

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