The Far North and Cape Reinga
Trips to explore Cape Reinga are very popular with our guests. There are several ways to spend a day at the Cape according to your travelling preferences. There are many places to discover on route, and as always we are delighted to advise guests.
Be aware that if you have only one or two days to spend in the Bay of Islands, the trip will take an entire day, and may not make the best of your time in the north.
Cape Reinga tour options
Tour operators offer excellent day tours to the Cape, and will collect Moon Gate Villa guests from our front entrance, and deliver them back to us at the tour end. Self-drive visitors may like to drive themselves. Please note the safety information below. Finally, taking a short tour via bus from to Kaitaia is a nice comprise for some guests.
4 Wheel drive, guided tours
Two tour companies offer special day trips to the Cape from the Bay of islands. Both use 4 wheel drive coaches that allow them to drive safely along the 90 mile beach. These tours will collect you from Moon Gate Villa, allowing you to sleep in! The route varies according to the tides, but the drivers are locals wth excellent commentary, and lunch is usually included. The difference between the tours companies is the optional stop overs, and we are happy to provide our guidance for what may suits guests. The coaches will drop guests back at our entrance at the the tour end.
To say you have driven New Zealand from ‘top to bottom’ is sensational, and we completely understand many of our guests aspire to visit the top Cape by self drive. This is a 5 hour round trip (plus stops) and your driver will not have as good an experience as the passenger!
The main inland route is a sealed road, but half the fun is experiencing the ‘highway’ via the beach. We’re happy to offer maps for on ramps to beaches on the way, and advice on tides. Please note that car rental companies offer no insurnace coverage for accidents for travellers on the beaches. We recommend you have a four wheel drive vehicle for exploring the 90 mile beach on your Cape Reinga trip, and to e sure you inderstand your insurance policy.
A popular compromise is to take the 4 wheel drive bus tour from Kaitaia. the most northern town in New Zealand. The drive from Kerikeri is about 1 hour 10 minutes. This allows you to drive half the distance by personal car, and then enoy a less expensive tour to the Cape. These tours depart at 9am from Kaitaia, and also have excellent reviews. However, for Moon Gate Villa guests, you will need to leave earlier than if you are collected by the local tours: something to consider.