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cape reinga day trip

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cape reinga day trip

Hi again all. You've been so helpful with information, I keep coming back for more. I want to take a day trip by bus from Paihia to Cape Reinga with two 14 yr olds. I see there are a few companies that do these excursions and i also noted that some of the criticism is that it is a long ride on the bus with only short jaunts on to the sand dunes and to the lighthouse. Are there any companies that are better about this, giving you more time? Or that are recommended for other reasons? Thank you!

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1. Re: cape reinga day trip

Hi rawfox,

If you will have your rental car, it would be worthwhile considering Harrisons Cape runner tour which sets out from Kaitaia, and is operated by local people who know this territory very well - http://harrisonscapereingatours.co.nz/route/

Here are some reviews - tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g609158-d1…

If leaving from Paihia, it would mean an early start to join this tour. Alternative is to spend a night in the Mangonui - Taipa area, which is a delightful part of the Far North. Or stay within Kaitaia itself.

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2. Re: cape reinga day trip

My daughter was about 12 and son 14 when we did the trip with Harrisons. They absolutely loved it. We made a number of stops which made the trip great for kids. They loved swimming at the beach where we stopped for lunch (take your togs), plus the walk to the Cape Reinga lighthouse. However, I think the highlight for our kids was definitely the sand dunes and sliding down on the tobaggans provided by Harrisons. They had great fun. The trip back along ninety mile beach was a novelty.

If you kids dont travel well then use travel meds and request a seat at the front of the bus. We found that worked so much better for our daughter.

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Hi, You have two options from Paihia with child Prices which your 14 years olds are. These are 11 hour days leaving Paihia about 7.15am and returning 5.30pm to 6.00pm. There is the Dune Rider which is $149.00 per Adult and $110.00 per Child. This bus goes through to Taipa for a morning tea stop with commentary on the way up. You will then go up the Beach and down the Road or visa versa pending on the tides. You will stop at least twice on the Beach, Boogie Board down the Sand Dunes (20 to 30 minutes), to the Lighthouse at Cape Reinga, Gum Diggers Park buried Kauri Forest with a 20 minute guided tour, Waitiki Landing for Buffet Lunch, Ancient Kauri Kingdom and Fish & Chip Shop at Mangonui on way home.

You could view this on www.bayofislands@exploregroup.co.nz.

Then there is Greatsights Cape Reinga $135.00 per Adult and $67.50 per Child. Lunch is a Buffet at Houhora Heads with a Price of $26.00 per person. This Bus has commentary also and goes from Paihia to Puketi Forest at Waipapa for a 20 minute boardwalk, then on to Taipa for morning Tea, up the Beach & down the Road or visa vera pending on tides, stop twice on beach, boogie board down sand dunes, up to the lighthouse at Cape Reinga, into Houhora for Lunch (need to purchase this), into the Ancient Kauri Kingdom and back to Paihia. You can view this on www.dolphincruises.co.nz

Alternatively you could take the Harrisons Cape Runner which is $50.00 per Adult and $25.00 per Child including Lunch. You would need to drive 1.5 hours from Paihia to Awanui to the Ancient Kauri Kingdom by 9.00am. This bus also has full commentary. Up the Beach & down the Road or visa versa tide related, stopping twice on the beach, boogie board down the sand dunes, up to the lighthouse at Cape Reinga, into Tapotupotu Bay for Lunch, Te Kao, Rawarawa Beach, Houhora Heads and back to the Ancient Kauri Kingdom by about 4.30pm. Can be viewed on www.harrisonscapereingatours.co.nz

So this gives you all the options. I hope this is of help. Regards Sue

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4. Re: cape reinga day trip

Thanks so much Sue! This is helpful. I wasn't sure if anyone knew which option gives the most time at each site. It is sort of hard to imagine from here...

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Hi Again, thank you for your reply email. Most of the trips give you the same times at their stops. 15 to 20 minutes at Morning Tea, Probably 15 to 20 minutes on Beach Stops, 30 minutes in the Sand Dunes, 30 minutes at Cape Reinga, 30 to 40 minutes for Lunch stop, 30 minutes at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom, 30 to 40 minutes at Gum Diggers park as you have a guided tour and 20 minutes at Fish & Chip Shop Mangonui. As Harrisons Cape Runner is Northland Trip there added stops would be for about 15 minutes. Hopefully this gives you a more time related aspect of the Tours. It will also depend on how many people are on the Tours. Regards Sue

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6. Re: cape reinga day trip

Thanks so much Sue, very helpful indeed!

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Hi, You are most welcome! regards Sue

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