1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Islands
  3. Paihia
  4. Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach Dune Rider Tour with Lunch

Product ID: 175143
Heed adventure’s call and set off in a purpose-built Dune Rider vehicle bound for Cape Reinga. Journey over the rugged and sandy coastline of Ninety Mile Beach, learn about famous Kauri trees, and board down Te Paki sand dunes.
About this activity
Duration: 11 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup optional

Selected Paihia hotels.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • Dip a toe in refreshing ocean waters on the drive along Ninety Mile Beach
  • See a 45,000-year-old Kauri-carved staircase at Kauri Unearthed
  • Enjoy a thrilling downhill ride on a body board at Te Paki sand dunes
  • See the meeting of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean at Cape Reinga
  • Refuel with a delicious, freshly-prepared buffet barbecue lunch
Full description
Set off for a full-day adventure to New Zealand's Far North from Paihia. Ride in a unique purpose-built Dune Rider vehicle and immerse yourself in the culture and history of Northland. Soak in spectacular scenery in a vehicle designed to go off-road in comfort with air-conditioning, reclining seats, plenty of leg room, sloping floors, and large panorama windows.

After hotel pick-up in Paihia, journey through the Far North, enjoying personal and entertaining stories from your experienced driver-guide. Visit Kauri Unearthed to see a 45,000-year-old Kauri-carved staircase and learn about the strange phenomenon surrounding swamp Kauri. Drive along Ninety Mile Beach, admiring this striking stretch of unpopulated shoreline as you take in the rugged beauty of the Far North’s coast. 

Enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared buffet barbecue lunch. Climb the sand dunes at Te Paki and hop onto a body board for a thrilling downhill ride on the quicksand stream. See the Tasman Sea merge with the Pacific Ocean at the Cape Reinga Lighthouse, at the northernmost tip of New Zealand. Your adventure ends with the return drive to your starting point in Paihia.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (with selected option only)
  • Transport in purpose-built off-road dune rider coach
  • Experienced local guide
  • Freshly prepared buffet barbecue lunch
  • Use of bodyboard for sandboarding
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Tides will determine the order of activity stops
• If joining the tour from Russell, take the 7:00 AM ferry to Paihia (at own cost)
• It is possible to join the tour in Kerikeri, please coordinate this with the local operator after booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
Sort by

It was a long day, and the bus driver was great. It was amazing how he could maneuver that huge bus on those winding roads while also offering running commentary. I had a little trouble understanding theNew Zealand accent through the sound system, but that is not his fault. The ride down the beach at low tide was cool, and the opportunity to try sand surfing was a challenge. It was a lovely day to see Cape Reinga as well. The barbecue was just okay—steak precooked and a bit stringy—but sides were fine, and it gave us a chance to see what the locals do.

Read more

March 16, 2020

Our guide, Paul, was very interesting, informative and personable. The sites that we saw were absolutely stunning! cape Reinga, in particular, was so beautiful. The Sandune surfing was quite an adventure to be sure. The only negative about the tour was the driving. At times It was sort of like being in a scene from Harry Potter on the night bus. We were often going well over the speed limit on really twisting roads and following too close behind slow moving vehicles at speed. A bit nerve wracking at times on the route home in particular.

Read more

February 29, 2020

January 26, 2020

Organized by

Explore Group New Zealand

Product ID: 175143