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“You saved my day!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Harrisons Cape Runner

Harrisons Cape Runner
123 North Road, Kaitaia, New Zealand
09 4081033
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Kaitaia
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“You saved my day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013


I joined the tour on Wagener's Holiday Camp because I was left behind by Sand Safaris. Again, thank you soo much for picking me up!

There were two buses because apparently so many people had booked with Harrisons on that day. The driver of the big bus, Simon, and the driver of the small bus, Jason, are both locals and very nice and experienced drivers. I got on Jason's bus, where only a few seats were left. The next stop was Rarawa Beach, which is a beatiful beach with very soft, white sand. Along the drive, Jason gave us a lot of information about what was sorrounding us and every now and then told some (funny) jokes. We also stopped at an icecream shop where we could taste the delicious New Zealand made TipTop icecream. Everybody got a big cone for $4 (it said single scoop but it looked more like a triple one). The next stop was lunch, but because the drive there was quite long, in my opinion it was a good idea to stop at the icecream stop for morning tea.

We had lunch at Taputaputa Bay and it was really yummy! Big scones with jam, crackers, muesli bars, tea, coffee, juice and water. And the best: I did not have to get on the Sand Safaris bus again (which I really didn't want to), and Jason talked to their bus driver to sort out the fare.

Then we went to Cape Reinga, and we had an hour time to see everything. (Well, actually it would be 45 min, but Jason said it would not be a problem if we extend it a bit.) All in all, it seemed very relaxed, which may be caused by the tide times (we could not get on 90 Mile Beach until 3 pm). The next stop were the sand dunes. The tobbogans were a bit slow depending on the weight of the person riding them, but Simon also climbed up the dunes to give everybody a push. It was a lot of fun!

The drive along 90 Mile Beach could be frightening if you go by car. But in the bus I felt really safe! The waves were splashing against our windows, but Jason had the situation under control. When we finally made it back on the road, we had enjoyed interesting information and stunning views, and even a bit of a thrill everytime a wave went under the bus. (Sometimes they go on the beach first when the tide times force them to, so don't be surprised.)

We went back to the Ancient Kauri Kingdom to wash the bus (have a look at the photo and you see why...) I can totally understand that this needs to be done as soon as possible; the sand literally went everywhere! And this is probably also the reason why they don't buy new buses every year.

All in all, this very enjoyable tour definitely saved my day which had started so badly!

Visited April 2013
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“Great tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Our family of 5 thoroughly enjoyed the all-day trip to Cape Reinga and back to Kaitaia courtesy of Harrisons. The tour was reasonably priced at $50 per adult and $25 per child and came complete with a snack lunch. The driver was good, and knowledgeable about the area and the local sights. There are plenty of stops along the way for children to go to the bathroom. Good value for the money.

Visited April 2013
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“Harrisons Cape Runner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

This all day trip is absolutely stunning. Picked up and dropped off at our accommodation, the driver had plenty of stories and bad jokes (part of the fun). The drive up The Ninety mile beach was entertaining, the tobogganing was awesome but tiring, still had a go, its worth it. A stop at Cape Reinga was worth the walk and lunch was included at a pretty beach. We also stopped for icecream. Must bring your camera and sense of adventure.

Visited December 2012
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“Great Value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We were advised to do a tour up to Cape Reinga rather than drive ourselves and what good advice that was!
For $50pp a full day trip gave the chance to sit back and enjoy the scenery of The Ninety Mile Beach. Driving up the Te Paki Stream was a surprise and then doing the sand tobogganing was great fun. All ages "had a go", some climbing up for multiple thrills.

The lunch was a little disappointing (but that was the only thing of the day that was), a choice of cheese or fruit scones, that were rather dry and some packets of snack type food.

The time at Cape Reinga gave plenty of time to climb down, take photos and enjoy the surrounds. For the less able there are places to sit at the top of the hill and enjoy the view.

The driver gave an excellent commentary of the area and kept everyone entertained with his jokes.

A good day was enjoyed by us and certainly value for money!

Visited March 2013
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“just brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

This was really good value for money and a great day out. Ok the drivers jokes were bad, but that was all part of the entertainment... What a wonderful character and, most important, an excellent driver! In amongst the jokes was a lot of history and information and we were thoroughly entertained throughout the day. The beaches we stopped at were beautiful and scenery stunning. Sand tobogganing= exhausting, but what fun! We have some superb photographs of the day. The picnic lunch was good, plenty to eat and hot or cold drinks. Yes it was basic, but with the temperature over 30c and an inexpensive price for the trip we had no complaints at all. Take the Harrisons coach!

Visited February 2013
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