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Cape Reinga - Northernmost point of New Zealand main islands

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Cape Reinga - Northernmost point of New Zealand main islands

Cape Reinga - Northernmost point of New Zealand main islands

Although the cliffs at North Cape Surville are at 34º23'47"S, we consider Cape Reinga as the northern accesible tip of New Zealand. This is because as at the first location there is only a scientific reserve. not open to the public, while the same Zealanders often use the term "From Cape Reinga to Bluff" referring to go from one end of the country to another, although none of the colon is strictly north and south respectively. Furthermore, Cape Reinga has become the most popular reference for travelers from around the world every year who come to see just where New Zealand ends. And this is no accident. Cape Reinga is a sacred place according to Maori mythology. This makes it a very special place. There the Tasman Sea ("Rehua") meets the Pacific Ocean ("Whitirea"), male and female respectively, producing a fascinating spectacle of waves and foam. The natives call it "Te Wairua Rerenga" (take-off of spirits), referring to the belief that this is a point of connection to their ancestral homeland. Moreover, when you arrive, look at the tree that is at the end of the cape. It is a pohutukawa. The Maori tell that from there the Maori spirits are thrown into the ocean to start the final journey back to their origin, Hawaiki. And it is curious that although it belongs to an endemic specie that is normally covered with red flowers in its 800 years of existence this tree has never bloomed.

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A scenic flight will give you amazing views of both coasts; walk around Kaitaia and the long beach "Ninety Mile" and a little further away (765 km), but with a reward that is well worth the effort, visit the Tongariro National Park, the place with its emerald lakes and steaming volcanoes that became the dark realm of Sauron for the famous movie trilogy by Peter Jackson.

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You can reach Cape Reinga with a 4x4 taking the beach "Ninety Miles" and the streambed "Te Paki", dune landscape. You can also take State Highway 1 that connects Auckland to the north of the island (Kaitaia) completing the last miles on a gravel road.

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