Te Paki Coastal Track

  • 3 – 4 days one way
  • Easy/medium

Explore the Far North coastline around Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua.

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite • By matthew. Licence: C.
Te Paki Coastal Track: Key information
Walking time
3 – 4 days
One way
One way
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Te Paki Coastal Track: Find it
Spirits Bay Road, Kapowairua, off SH1 Cape Reinga Road
Te Paki Stream Road, Te Paki, off SH1 Cape Reinga Road
Sea level – 286m
Altitude change 286m
Te Paki Coastal Track: More information

The Far North is a wild land, with few people around — not counting the crowds climbing on and off buses at the Cape Reinga Lighthouse. Find a deeper connection by spending a few days exploring the coastline, the cliffs, the dunes, and the isolated campsites on the Te Paki Coastal Walk.

Tapotupotu Bay • By matthew. Licence: C.

Arrange end-to-end transport through the Waitiki Landing Holiday Park.

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite • Standard Campsite (DOC). 45 spaces.

The track starts at the eastern end of Piwhane / Spirits Bay, at the Kapowairua Campsite. Follow the beautiful peach-tinted beach to Whangākea / Pandora, the campsite at the western end of the beach. 

Pandora Campsite • Basic Campsite (DOC). 30 spaces.

From here, the track leads inland, away from sea cliffs, before dropping out at Tapotupotu Bay and the next campsite. Continue on to Te Rerenga Wairua / Cape Reinga and its famous lighthouse. 

Tapotupotu Campsite • Standard Campsite (DOC). 45 spaces.

West of the cape, the track follows Te Werahi Beach to Cape Maria Van Diemen, and on to Paengarēhia / Twilight Beach, where there is a camp. 

Twilight Campsite • Basic Campsite (DOC). 25 spaces.

Over Tiriparepa / Scott Point, the track leads onto Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē / Ninety Mile Beach. Turn off up Te Paki Stream through a field of massive coastal dunes to the road. 

Walking times:

  • Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite to Pandora Campsite: 3 hours, 9km
  • Pandora Campsite to Tapotupotu Campsite: 5.5 hours, 9km
  • Tapotupotu Campsite to Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua: 3 hours, 5km
  • Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua to Twilight Campsite: 45 minutes, 2km
  • Twilight Campsite to Te Paki Stream Road: 4.5 hours, 11km
ID 8353

About this track

Added 2 December 2012 by matthewmatthew. 3 revisions, most recently 18 July 2017 by matthewmatthew.
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