At the southern end is Ahipara Bay, which rises up from the premier surfing spots of Shipwreck Bay to the world's second-highest sand dunes. At the other end is the scenic wonder which is Cape Reinga, the northern-most tip of New Zealand. In between is the long, sweeping grandeur of Ninety Mile Beach. The best way to see this special place for the first time is by one of the bus tours based in Kaitaia. It's a long way 'to the top' (a nearly 250km round trip taking from 9 til 5 for the whole tour) - but there are so many terrific things to see and do. The well-marketed trips from the Bay of Islands are double this distance and longer by over two hours of just highway travel without a lot to inspire. The best way to see the 90 Mile is by spending at least one night in Kaitaia, and seeing these wonderful sights (and digging for the plentiful, tasty tuatua clams along the beach) in a more-leisurely way. A 'must-do' on a tour of New Zealand.
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