About the Trip

Relax and unwind as our local tour guides take you on a journey to share with you some of our amazing Maori legends and Far North history.

This is a full-day comprehensive tour
with many stops including:

Te Paki Stream and Sand Dunes

The Quick Sand Stream which leads to Ninety Mile Beach. Steep sand hills to climb and play or toboggan down. (toboggans are on the coach).

Aupouri Forest

Aupouri Forest is one of the largest Man-made Forests in the Southern Hemisphere. Here we take a drive through a section of the forest – sometimes we are able to find the wild horses that live here. There are many photographic opportunities on this tour.

Tapotupotu Bay

A Beautiful Sandy Bay nestled in the hills on the eastern side of Cape Reinga. This is where we have our Picnic Lunch.

90 Mile Beach

We drive the magnificent long highway of Ninety Mile Beach.
Tide permitting we stop to gather Shellfish or watch local fishermen netting or surfcasting.

Cape Reinga

Te Rerenga Wairua – a sacred place.

In Maori belief, Cape Reinga is the departing place of the Spirits of the recently deceased.It is also the dramatic meeting place of the Tasman & Pacific Oceans.

Ka-Uri Unearthed

A stop at Awanui to look at huge kauri logs & stumps which have been extracted from local swamps and are thousands of years old. Furniture & crafts are also on display. No entry fee.

Rarawa Beach

We visit the vivid white Silica sands of Rarawa Beach on the East Coast, North of Houhora.

Map of our Destinations

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(Prices include GST)



(Prices include GST)

These costs include

a fresh picnic lunch, tea, coffee, juice & sweets, as well as free pickup from your local accommodation.

Tours depart from Kaitaia daily at 9am and return at 5pm.

Free safe & secure off road parking at our depot 114 North Road Kaitaia

Purpose built coaches range in size from 12-45 seats

Our coaches are modern, comfortable and are air conditioned

Our local Coach Captains (Guides) are courteous informative and cheerful, and are the best in the business, receiving fan mail from all around the world!

What to bring or wear

Wear loose comfortable clothing.

Our visits are on sand much of the time so you do not require heavy footwear (the walk down to the light house is a gentle gravel track) – open shoes & sandals are ok.

Good to bring a towel to wipe away the sand – also swimwear, hat & sunblock during the summer months & whatever the season,

a camera & a smile!

What people are saying:

“The Far North” We met this Kaitaia maori driver, with a very english name, who drove us to Cape Reinga, on beach and rough terrain. He laughed a lot and joked, and set us all in happy mode, with info of great interest, and none of it in code. We thank you chirpy Robin, You’re a credit to your race, And you made us simply want, to come back to your special place.”

“Just to let you know how much we 3 enjoyed our trip yesterday – it was awesome! A special thank you to our driver, Robin, who really made our day with his jokes and steady stream of information. He was just great.
I did a similar trip from Paihia to the Cape about 20 years ago and don’t remember it being nearly as much fun, or as interesting – in fact I wasn’t really looking forward to yesterday’s trip at all.
So, thank you all very much indeed for a memorable day. I’ll have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who plans on making the ‘Trip to the Top’ – particularly if Robin is the driver.”

Regards, Dorothy Quill
Whangarei, New Zealand

“We thought you should know that we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Cape Reinga last Friday.
Even though the weather wasn’t the best the day was brightened by Alan Norman, our driver, who was great entertainment. His knowledge of the area was excellent and his jokes made the trip great fun.
We will certainly recommend your tour to our friends.”

John & Sue Monks

“With a group of friends we were participants on your bus trip to the Cape. Alan was a wonderful driver and also importantly a very good guide. He continually gave us a great deal of relevant information, providing this as a delightful narrative, which not only us but everyone on the bus enjoyed. His sense of fun and humour kept everyone amused and no one complained in spite of weather not playing the game at various times.
The information was very broad, across many subjects and across many cultures. Over the following few days we encountered other participants of the trip and they too sang Alan’s praises. Many thanks for a great day and please pass heartfelt thanks to Alan for making our trip such a memorable one.”

Best Regards,
Cheryl Thomson


Harrisons Cape Runner are licensed by The Department of Conservation and are members of Tai Tokerau Tourism Association.

Locally owned & operated by Murray & Cheryl Harrison.
Contact our team today! - Freephone: 0800 CAPE REINGA (0800 227373) - E: office@harrisonskaitaia.co.nz
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