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Cape Reinga

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Cape Reinga
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Northwestern-most point where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean come together

Cape Reinga is located at the northern end of North Island of New Zealand. Right at the end of the cape is a lighthouse which was built in 1941. It is owned and operated by Martime New Zealand. The lighthouse is a popular tourist attraction, with over 120 000 visitors a year and a middle point of a popular hiking track called Te Paki coastal track.


Maoris call Cape Reinga ‘TeRerenga Wairua’ which means leaping-off place of spirits. They believe that the cape is the point where the spirits of the dead entered the underworld. According to their legend, departing souls leap off the headland and climb the roots of the 800 year pohutukawa tree and journey back to the ancestral land of Hawaiki.


The nature around cape is wild and unpredictable. It is an amazing place to watch the sunrise and the sunset. There are no cafés, restaurants or shops in Cape Reinga, so make sure to bring some food with you if you are planning to spend few hours around the cape.

How to get there

Fly: from Auckland to Kaitaia. Kaitaia is situated 111 km south from Cape Reinga. Scenic flights from Paihia.

Drive: from Auckland five and half hours.

Bus: Daytrips from Kerikeri and Paihia to Cape Reinga