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90-Mile Beach and Cape Reinga

Up 90-Mile Beach from Ahipara, all the way to Cape Reinga and back. Recognize any of these sites from “Just for You”?

Tobogganing down the sand dunes, just off 90-Mile Beach. It's a steep climb up--and a fast, sandy ride down! Did it 3 times. Kiwi As.
Tobogganing down the sand dunes, just off 90-Mile Beach. It’s a steep climb up–and a fast, sandy ride down! Did it 3 times. Kiwi As.
Te Rerenga Wairua--The Leaping-Off Place of the Spirits (Cape Reinga). Where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific, and a Maori's soul departs this life after death.
Te Rerenga Wairua–The Leaping-Off Place of the Spirits (Cape Reinga). Where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific, and a Maori’s soul departs this life after death. Do you see the little blip there to the right of the nearly-final point? That is the pohutukawa whose root the soul slides down into the sea. It is a special place–you can feel it.

 

 

Where we ate lunch. This is the Pacific. Drive 10 more minutes and you're at Cape Reinga.
Lunch and a swim at the beach. Drive 10 more minutes and you’re at Cape Reinga. (You can’t go near the water at the Cape–it’s tapu–sacred.)
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The sand dune! It is STEEP! Quite the thrilling ride down.

 

Driving on 90 Mile Beach--the whole way! The beach is classed as a main road.
Driving on 90 Mile Beach–the whole way! The beach, like every NZ beach, is classed as a road. It’s long, and it’s wide, and it’s pretty darned endless.
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