KariKari Beach

Located on the KariKari Peninsula in the far north of the North Island this beach is fantastic in the summer time, the beach stretches from Rangiputa at the southern end to Ranganu Bay at the Northern end of the beach.

The sand is a stunning pure white silica sand which is typical of alot of beaches on the eastern side this far north the sand on the western side is normally golden not white, there is a rocky out crop around one third of the way along the beach the rest is uninterupted all the way to the end the beach is around around 10kms long there is also a small lake at the southern end.

Great Exhibition Bay

This fantastic beach starts at Rarawa just north of Houhora Harbour and extends all the way up to Parengarenga Harbour as with KariKari the entire beach is a pure white silica sand. Access to this stretch of coastline is from Rarawa Beach you can drive onto the beach here but are limited by a rocky out crop a few kms up the beach, there is another access point north of lake Kahika around half way up the beach that gives you 4x4 access to the whole northern end, talk to the locals before driving on the beach as this area is remote, the northern end at Parengarenga Harbour entrance is an absolutely stunning area to camp and fish.

Twilight Beach

Located right at the very top of the North Island and just south of Cape maria van diemen this secluded beach requires a long walk to get there, you have two choices walk from the Cape Reinga light house carpark or walk from State Hwy1 on the Cape Reinga road. What ever route you take you will be walking through soft sand the shortest is from state hwy1 then return back the same way, the most scenic and well worth the effort is from Cape Reinga carpark to Cape Maria Van Diemen beach and over the hill to twilght beach and return to State Hwy1, once again this beach is isolated and very secluded during the summer there is alot of hikers traveling through here but in the winter you will have the entire area to yourself, the nearest accommodation is back at Waitiki landing there are cabins tent sites and caravan sites located here as well as fuel and takeaways highly reccommended place to stay in the far north.

Spirits Bay and Pandora

Once again located at the very top of New Zealand this beach is a favorite, the only access by road is on the Te Hapua road  out to Parangaranga Harbour and turn left around 10kms onto the Spirits Bay road this road is not sealed and a bit bumpy and dusty.

The road brings you out at the northern end of the beach the sand here is not white silica sand but a more golden color there are basic camping facilities here and water there is no charge to camp here but make sure to not leave your rubbish behind, this beach is long at around 7kms and takes you to Pandora and Pandora Beach which marks the end of Spirits Bay beach this end of the beach is secluded you will not see to many people this far up the beach, Pandora can also be accessed from the Cape Reinga road the track is long and takes you through fire breaks and scrub there is also a camping site at Pandora with no amenities and is very secluded at any time.

Cape Reinga Beach

While Cape Reinga lighthouse is not secluded the beach directly below is, not many people make the effort to walk down the steep track, the walk to the beach is along to the right hand side and follows a decending ridge line down to a rocky headland and then down to the beach the beach is only short but the walk down is stunning and it is possible to walk right out to the end of the rocky headland however the walk back up is tough particualy in the heat of summer, extra care needs to taken around here as the ocean here is unpredictable at the best of times as the two oceans collide right at this beach.

 

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