Te Paki Sand Dunes

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Ride across or down massive dunes on a sandboard or just enjoy the scenery and the coastal views at this outstanding natural attraction.

On the way to the remote outcrop of Cape Reinga, in the outer reaches of Northland, sit the large and impressive Te Paki Sand Dunes. Sink your toes into the pristine white and golden sands and bring a sandboard to zoom down the slopes.

The Te Paki Sand Dunes can reach up to 300 feet (100 meters) in height and are surrounded by one of the most diverse ecosystems in New Zealand.

Get ready for a good workout as you zigzag up the shifting sands. Wear light shoes or even go barefoot to allow the sand to flow over your feet and not weigh you down.

The award for your efforts comes at the top. Gaze around from your lofty vantage point and take in the desolate but beautiful natural scenery laid out before you. From this high up you can see that the dunes are part of a larger expanse of wetlands, hill country and coastal cliffs. The dunes, rugged rock formations, native grasslands and forest are home to many rare and endemic species of flora and fauna.

Experience the thrill of speeding down the slopes of the dunes on a sandboard, a short board just like a boogie board but with a base better suited to sand. Try different dunes for longer or shorter rides and steeper or gentler slopes. Protect your exposed limbs, watch out for other boarders and any obstacles at the bottom of the dune, and you can’t really go wrong.

Delve further into the dunes by heading down the four-wheel-drive track to Ninety Mile Beach. This can be done on a daytrip to the dunes with a suitable operator from a number of Northland towns or with your own vehicle if it can handle the terrain. Check local conditions and plan your route in advance to ensure minimum impact and a fun experience.

Entry to the Te Paki Sand Dunes is free of charge. Free parking and toilet facilities are available at the base of the dunes. Rent sandboards in the nearest towns. Guided sandboarding experiences are often part of the organized group tours to Cape Reinga.

18 Cheap Hotels Near Te Paki Sand Dunes

Téaluca 'Real Far North Escape'
Téaluca 'Real Far North Escape'
Situated in Ngataki, this holiday home is 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from Henderson Bay and within 32 miles (52 km) of Te Paki Sand Dunes and Ancient Kauri Kingdom. Parengarenga ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (39 reviews)
Its was a great Bach, very central for us to see loads of what the north island has to offer.
"Bach was clean and tidy, enough room for the whole family. We had a great time."

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2022

Téaluca 'Real Far North Escape'
B and I Accommodation
B and I Accommodation
Situated in Ngataki, this holiday home is 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from Ninety Mile Beach and 5.5 mi (8.9 km) from Henderson Bay. Te Paki Sand Dunes and Ancient Kauri ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
A perfect spot! Tranquil, calm and relaxing!
"Easy to find, beautiful scenery, especially early morning mist in the valley and night time the big starry sky, amazing! Comfortable especially the bed and pillows! Our hosts, Bryce and Irma really kind and helpful. Good location for Cape Reinga and giant sand dunes."

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2020

B and I Accommodation
Peace full private modern 1 bedroom house in country side.
Peace full private modern 1 bedroom house in country side.
41 McManus Rd, Houhora, Northland
This family-friendly Houhora holiday home is located near the beach, 5 mi (8 km) from Henderson Bay, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Te Paki Sand Dunes and Parengarenga ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Great Accom
"As described, just what we needed to base ourselves in the Far North"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2022

Peace full private modern 1 bedroom house in country side.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Te Paki Sand Dunes Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Shell Cottage - lovely cottage situated in Pukenui
Shell Cottage - lovely cottage situated in Pukenui
4145A-4145B, Far North Road, Pukenui, Northland
The price is NZ$167 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Shell Cottage - lovely cottage situated in Pukenui
Téaluca 'Real Far North Escape'
Téaluca 'Real Far North Escape'
Téaluca 'Real Far North Escape'
B and I Accommodation
B and I Accommodation
B and I Accommodation
Peace full private modern 1 bedroom house in country side.
Peace full private modern 1 bedroom house in country side.
41 McManus Rd, Houhora, Northland
Peace full private modern 1 bedroom house in country side.
The Little Cottage...Short walk to beach
The Little Cottage...Short walk to beach
30b Henderson Bay Rd, Ngataki, Houhora, Northland
The Little Cottage...Short walk to beach
Holiday stay with a view
Holiday stay with a view
22 Lamb Rd, Pukenui, Northland
Holiday stay with a view
Perfect holiday spot
Perfect holiday spot
2 Harbour view rd, Pukenui, Northland
Perfect holiday spot
Araiawai "Raio Lodge, Pukenui. Modern & self-contained open-plan, sleeps 2-6,
Araiawai "Raio Lodge, Pukenui. Modern & self-contained open-plan, sleeps 2-6,
3864 Far N Rd, Pukenui, Northland
Araiawai "Raio Lodge, Pukenui. Modern & self-contained open-plan, sleeps 2-6,
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.