We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Monotonous if you don't want to do the sand slide” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of AwesomeNZ

More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Cape Reinga - Sandboarding & 90 Mile Beach. An awesome jam packed day that take you on a journey of discovery to the top of New Zealand - get at one with nature, do the dunes, hear the legends and much more! Visit the famous Cape Reinga lighthouse, witness the Pacific Ocean collide with the Tasman Sea. Boogie board down the massive sand dunes at the Te Paki Stream and speed along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach.
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Monotonous if you don't want to do the sand slide”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

The advertisement seems to show that the bus in driving in the sea when in fact it is actually driving on the beach. After a while the drive was monotonous as the scenery is basically the waves and the beach. We stopped by the sand dunes where the more adventurous can slide down the dunes. The lunch was average . overall not quite worth the price

Visited May 2014
1 Thank johnwhiff
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

62 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
104 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Awesome Day Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

I did this trip 13 years ago and booked it again as my husband hadn't been up north. Several trips seemed to amalgamated together and the coach came in the Great Sights livery, but was the tour we had expected. I enjoyed it all those years ago, though this time seemed even better! We bought food/coffee at the various stops and this gave great flexibility. Especially liked the fish and chips which were ready for us to pick up and pay for at Monganui, then eat on the coach during the last leg of the trip.

A long day, but with many stops to break it up, it just sped by, loving every minute of it. The weather was bright and sunny for us, and with rain the night before, this firmed up the massive sand dunes to perfection. It was exciting to just turn off the road in the coach straight into a stream to find sand dunes. Our driver gave a wonderful commentary and at the sand dunes entertained us with his longest ever sandboard ride . . . straight into the stream below! We tried it out on the lower slopes - good fun. Go bare foot, easier to climb and then clean up after.

The time at Cape Reinga was indeed special, a majestic sight of the oceans meeting and beautiful surrounding scenery. Also loved the speedy drive along the beach. Very exhilarating and an awesome day out.

Visited May 2014
4 Thank TravellingTrippers
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Blenheim, New Zealand
Level Contributor
59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Overall: Really good!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

- Pick up at your hostel
- GREAT bus driver, thanks man!
- Long day but good value for your money
- Long bus drive back
- Sand Dunes are nice
- Go for a dip in the ocean
- Fish and Chips are ok, not amazing
- Bring your own lunch


Visited April 2014
3 Thank Jur25
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Breathtaking sights”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

This was a fantastic tour!!
Our driver, Chris, was brilliant. From the morning pick up right through to the end of the day he was full of energy and made a real effort to make everyone feel welcome. (A huge thank you to him!)

In one day we took a ride along the beautiful 90 mile beach, went sand boarding from a 120m high dune, dipped our toes in the waters of the Tasman Sea and later the Pacific Ocean, gazed out from the stunning Cape Reinga and saw some ancient kauri trees. I saw and did things I had never seen before, and learnt lots of information about Maori history from our driver.

I would highly recommend this trip - it's a great way to really experience some of the remote north of New Zealand and the bus journey was really well organised.

Take food to eat with you as there is a picnic opportunity at Tapotupotu Bay, although there is also a stop at a cafe in the morning to allow you to buy food for the day.

Great tour!

Visited March 2014
4 Thank Paulzy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
178 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Long day but a lot gets covered”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

It is a long day (640 miles round trip), but a lot gets covered. We got picked up at 7 a.m. at a motel down the hill from where we stayed and returned there at the end of the day. Bus seats felt comfortable, but as the 10 hour trip went on, they gradually got more and more uncomfortable. Air conditioning was terrible. If it was comfortable in the front seats, it was too cold in the back. So then the air conditioning got turned off and it would get too hot in the front again. The driver was very friendly and informative, but I thought he went on quite a bit about his own life as a Maori. Buffet lunch was not worth the added expense. Green salad (not enough dressing), coleslaw (with mayo on the side), battered fish, spring rolls, ham, roasted potatoes, orange slices and carrot cake. Restaurant also offers take away. Would have been much cheaper and same quality. Bus doesn't have toilet, but bus stops several times. Cape Reinga was breath taking and well worth the long trip. 90 mile beach was quite an experience like no other. We didn't participate in the sand surfing, but a few others from our group did. I really enjoyed seeing all the Kauri carvings at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom. All in all, worth taking a trip but don't purchase the buffet lunch.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank Julie D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed AwesomeNZ also viewed

Cape Reinga, Northland Region
Paihia, Bay of Islands

Been to AwesomeNZ? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing