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“A sight for sore eyes!”
Review of Te Paki Sand Dunes

Te Paki Sand Dunes
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Pukenui
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A sight for sore eyes!”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had seen in the distance from a lay-bye as we approached Cape Reinga what (we didn't know at the time) appeared to be sand dunes and agreed we would explore the area on the way back.
Wow, huge sand dunes appeared and you could easily think you were among those enormous dunes in the Sahara Desert.
A lonely lady sitting in the hot sunshine reading her book eagerly awaiting visitors wishing to hire sand-boards from her. A young couple appeared and we watched them climb the dune, it seemed ages before they reached the top and in seconds they had reached the bottom again, sand-boards "well oiled". They loved it.

Us, well we just watched and stared at these amazing sand dunes. If we had been a few years younger we'd have had a go. Nevertheless, a very worthwhile visit for the Cape visitors. Not to be missed.

Visited March 2014
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Krakow, Poland
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Biggest fun and desert experience on Cape Reinga”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

Big thanks to our friends who recommended us to visit Cape Reinga and those dunes.
That was an extraordinary ending of our NZ trip. We drove up with car to the creek where dunes started and then like kids started climbing. Our goal was to reach the sea which was in sight but beyond the layer of bushes which later on appeared not be so easy to cross by foot. We have been wandering there for few hours admiring sand statues , trying to cross the bushes. We were lost a little bit and then we reached quite deep marshes which we passed through. If it was somewhere else in Australia then most probably we would be dead already. Happily on the other side of marshes we have finally found same creek which led us straight to the Pacific ocean and the place where 90 miles beach ends or begins. Water in a creek was hot and shallow comparing to the sea so like kids we lied and splashed there. Ocean bath was little bit risky due to waves but anyway it was worth it. After hole day spent there we looked like red pigs so beware and use high Sun protection. If you plan to visit north island you definetely must go there!

Visited December 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Highlight of Cape trip”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

We lucked out with some sunshine on a rainy Saturday in July headed up to the Cape. This was SO worth the stop, even wished we had a bit more time to stay and explore and possible sand board. If you have a body board, bring it with you for sure as hire is a bit pricey, I think we overheard $20. But our little hike was free and completely worth it. Very nice views of the Tasman at the top and coming down was heaps of fun! Definitely worth the stop off if you've got the time.

Visited July 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Awesome fun!”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

On our way back from Cape Reinga, having marvelled at the churning water of the Pacific Ocean meeting the Tasman Sea we notice signs to Te Paki.
It was late in the day so pretty much had the place to ourselves. $15 gets you a smooth bottomed boogie board and instructions on how to control your ride.
We enjoyed the sahara like scenery and ascended the steep dune. Puffed but determined we found steeping in others footsteps the easiest way to travel up and up and up. Had to wait a couple of minutes heavy breathing at the top to get our breath back. The view is amazing.
I'm normally a bit of a scaredy cat with heights and having watched my partner tear down the slope hooping with delight couldn't not. Took me a while to pluck up courage to take that leap. My mind wondering if I could control this. It was exhilarating....awesome feeling whizzing from top to bottom, 20 seconds of pure crazy fun. My husband went a second time and think I would have too if it wasn't so late in the day. Nice little paddle through the stream on the way back gets most of the sand off.
I want to do this again. How lucky we are in NZ to have such a pristine unspoilt place. Everyone should do it at least once. Happy sand tobogganing if you do. P.S make sure you have a fully charged phone or video camera[we didn't] to record your adventure.

Visited May 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
386 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“sahara in nz!”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

on your way to cape reinga about 3 kms off the highway on a gravel road is this great spot of hugh sand dunes. take a bogey board or hire it for $15. very difficult to walk up but fun coming down on the board. when you walk up use the pug mark of others who have just climbed.

Visited April 2014
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