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Cape Reinga  FAR NORTH

The venerated pohutukawa is the Reinga, "the place of leaping" in Maori legends, where the spirits of the dead leap off the headland and climb down the roots of the 800 year old tree, and descend into the underworld to return to their traditional homeland of Hawaiiki.

Maori know the very top of the North Island of New Zealand as Te Hiku o te Ika a Maui - the tail of the fish of Maui. According to tradition, the North Island was once a giant fish pulled out of the sea by Maui from his canoe. Wellington (bottom of the island) forms the head of the fish, and the tip of the fish's tail is Cape Reinga. 

Cape Reinga with it's lonely lighthouse gnarled, twisted pohutukawa tree and windswept cliff tops, is a mystical place of rugged beauty. Here you can also see the turbulent waters of where two mighty oceans meet (Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea).

Self Drive
You can drive to Cape Reinga but the road is unsealed for the last 20kms. You can also drive to the Cape via Ninety Mile Beach, though this is NOT RECOMMENDED for private vehicles - due to hidden holes, large tides and quicksand, not to mention wild horses! Also rental car on the beach are NOT be covered by insurance.

The best way to see Cape Reinga via  Ninety Mile Beach is with a knowledgeable guide on one of the  excellent 4WD or coach tours. Experience the exhilarating trip along 90 Mile Beach, see all the highlights and learn the history and legends of the Far North along the way.

How to get there:
Located on State Highway 1 at the very top of the North Island of New Zealand, Cape Reinga is approximately 3.5 hours north of the Bay of Islands and 2.5 hours from Kaitaia.
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There are a number of excellent 4WD and bus tours  that depart daily from Kaitaia, Paihia and other locations.

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds  BAY OF ISLANDS
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds present a rare opportunity to experience the place where, in 1840, Maori and the British Crown first signed New Zealand's most significant document, the Treaty of Waitangi

The magnificent park like Treaty Grounds are bordered by sweeping Pacific Ocean  views and feature the historic Treaty House, fully carved Maori meeting house, one of the worlds largest ceremonial Waka (canoe), guided tours, seasonal cultural performances, quality shopping and fully licensed café.

The Treaty Grounds are open daily from 9 am (Closed Christmas Day)

Declaration of Independence - 1835
The Treaty of Waitangi - 1840

How to get there:

Situated on the East Coast in the Bay of Islands, Waitangi is 2 minutes north east of the township Paihia. The Bay of Islands is 3.5 hours drive North of Auckland.
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Tane Mahuta "God of the Forest"  hokianga

Mighty Tane Mahuta the world's largest living Kauri tree, is named after the Maori "god of the forest" and is estimated to be over 2000 years old. With a girth of 13.8 metres and height of 51.5 metres, Tane Mahuta dominates Waipuoa Forest in the Hokianga region of Tai Tokerau.

The Waipoua Forest is home to three quarters of New Zealand's remaining kauri trees and within the forest's 2,500 hectares, there are a number of walking and tramping tracks, including  wheel-chair access along the boardwalk to Tane Mahuta.

How to get there:

Located on the West Coast in the Waipoua Forest on State Highway 12, between Aranga and Waimamaku, in the Hokianga. 
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Māori attribute the creation of trees and forest to Tane Mahuta. Tane is the divinity of the life force that created forests.

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