Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua...

Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua Lighthouse Walk

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130 Rankers Reviews

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221 Walking

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The lighthouse at Cape Reinga
The lighthouse out on the tip of Cape Reinga
View from the lighthouse

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600 m return | 20 minutes return

Cape Reinga is the most northerly accessible point on the New Zealand mainland. A steady stream of tour buses and visitors, both domestic and from overseas, make the pilgrimage to this wondrous and awe-inspiring place.

Watch the mighty Pacific Ocean meet the Tasman Sea in a swirling maelstrom of confused water. A waypoint for spirits departing Aotearoa, with deep spiritual meaning for Maori. Respect and enjoy!

Access

The start of the track is signposted from the carpark at the end of Cape Reinga Road.
There are toilets nearby.

Track

The sealed track is wide and even, descending to the lighthouse above Cape Reinga.

Geology

The frothing water to the west is Columbia Bank, a swirling maelstrom of confused water, where the calm female waters of the Pacific Ocean meet the furious disturbed waters of the male Tasman Sea. The upwelling of nutrients attracts abundant fish and marine life.

Polynesian History

According to Maori mythology, the final leg of a spirit’s journey involves travelling down the exposed root of the legendary pohutukawa at Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga). From there it travels to the Manawa-Tahi (Three Kings Islands), and on to Hawaiki.
The pohutukawa tree is named ‘Akakite-reinga’ and is just visible between the two prominent humps which form the cape.

European History

The concrete tower of Cape Reinga lighthouse is 10-metres-tall and stands 165 metres above sea level. The lens was shipped from England and installed on Motuopao Island in 1879. Cape Reinga lighthouse started operating in 1941.

Feature

Cape Reinga is 3km south of Surville Cliffs, which are 1km north of North Cape. Cape Reinga is the most northerly accessible point on the New Zealand mainland. A steady stream of tour buses and visitors, both domestic and from overseas, make the pilgrimage to this wondrous and awe-inspiring place.
To the north, the Three Kings Islands were named on the eve of Epiphany by Abel Tasman, to commemorate the Three Wise Men of the East, who followed the star to Bethlehem.

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Amy Lord

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views, clean bathrooms (hand sanitizers only), drinking fountain and lots of walking trails. It’s a uphill incline on the way back so be prepared. There are a couple benches so people can take breaks.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jennie Tollerton

England

Ranking: 9/10

Lighthouse walk, great walk, lovely scenery and easy levels.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Soren Soeholm

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

A special spot in the north of the island.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Dorthe Soeholm

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful nature spot with a special lighthouse.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ben

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely beautiful.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Katharina Gans

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The end of the world feeling!! A great walk to the lighthouse of Cape Reinga. Amazing views!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Orane Lefebuee

France

Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful view, see the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean join, amazing. A very good place!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Marc Reuter

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Unfortunately, we had bad weather conditions and could not see anything from the top, but the lighthouse is lovely. With good weather a great spot.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Ben

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk, great views.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Charles Kulins

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth the drive. One of the most amazing places I have seen in nature. Reading and learning about the Maori people and culture gave the experience a personal, spiritual nature. Although it was very busy all visitor were respectful.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Adrien Richard

France

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome beach, alone, probably the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Gessica

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

On the top of New Zealand. You can enjoy the perfect scene and the power of nature that all real travellers need to find at least once.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Anais Roux

France

Ranking: 10/10

Such a beautiful day!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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