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Ninety Mile Beach

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Ninety Mile Beach - 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: Kaka Street, Ahipara, Far North. Northland


There is a good surfcasting and kite-fishing, and the beach’s northern dunes (Te Paki Sand Dunes) are often used for body boarding, so pack a toboggan and have some fun. If you have a 4WD, you can join the tour buses for a drive along the sand. It’s best to go about 3 hours after high tide, and make sure you drive between the hightide mark and the ocean.

Some good advice from


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.


Kaka Street, Ahipara, Far North.

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