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Ninety Mile Beach

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Business Type: Te Paki Stream Entrance


With its wind swept beauty and rolling breakers, Ninety Mile Beach has a rugged charm all of its own. The beach is actually 88km long (55 miles), but you can be forgiven for thinking those sweeping sands stretch for longer.

Address: Te Paki Stream Road, New Zealand Northland


Often catching visitors by surprise with its desert like landscape, Ninety Mile Beach and its northern sand dunes are a famous tourist destination.

Dune surfing the 100m Te Paki sand – a must do. Climbing up in the sand can be hard going, but the ride down is so worth it – you will be rushing to get up for another go!

Useful info from  READ this before entering the beach!



Te Paki stream can at times provide quite treacherous driving conditions. It is caused by the inter-action of the sand and water.
If you intend to drive the stream it is important to note the following:

    You enter the stream at your own risk.
    Engage low gear to avoid stalling.
    Do not stop in the stream.
    Do not speed in the stream.
    Drive mainly in the centre of the stream bed.

Wet weather and seasonal conditions can cause a rapid deterioration in the stream and beach conditions.

If after reading the above you feel you would rather not take your car down the stream and you have the time, it is still worth while to walk the 3km to 90 Mile Beach.


    Are you driving a rental car? If so check your rental contract - most companies do not insure on the beach.
    Check the tide timetable. Travel the beach 3 hours after the high tide.
    Do you have enough petrol?
    Slow down and engage a lower gear for streams flowing across the beach.
    Either follow the buses or the tracks created by the buses.
    It is not advisable to leave a vehicle unattended on the beach.
    Avoid the beach at night.

If you are unfortunate enough to get stuck, here are some things that you can do to help yourself.

    In loose dry sand, try reversing out in the tracks made going in and then look for a new route around problem area.
    If unable to reverse out, remove the piled up sand from in front of the wheels and try to drive forwards.
    Sand with a layer of water is very hazardous and usually requires assistance.


Far northern tip of the North Islands west coast.
Te Paki Stream Road or Ahipara

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