11 Stunning Photos of Northland, New Zealand

Cape Reinga

Everybody knows New Zealand is remarkable.

Well, I think they do, at least.

Before my last minute trip (back) across the ditch to Australia, I spent some time perusing and photographing Northland, New Zealand. It's incredibly photogenic.

These are some of my favorite shots.

1. Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach isn't actually ninety miles long. The story goes that, when it was first discovered, it was estimated that, at 30 miles per day, the length of the beach could be walked in three days. Hence, ninety miles! Today we know it's only about two-thirds as long!

Ninety Mile Beach

The Tasman Sea gets a bit rough at times, even right up against the beach!

Rough Waters of the Tasman Sea

There is a dividing point, a fulcrum, almost, that separates two parts of the beach. It is vast, grassy, rocky and windy! Not what you'd expect on a beach!

Ninety Mile Beach

Te Paki Stream and the Te Paki Sand Dunes

The Te Paki Stream is a registered road and the only way on and off the northern portion of Ninety Mile Beach. Without a 4wd, you're essentially screwed. Incredibly, my little rental Nissan made it through!

Sand Dunes off Ninety Mile Beach

On our way off the beach. This was…fun.

Driving through Te Paki Stream

“Beware of oncoming traffic.” REALLY?

Te Paki Stream

Formations in the dunes.

Sand Dunes, Ninety Mile Beach

Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga is believed by the Maori natives to be the entry point to the underworld for spirits who have passed from our realm of the living. It is located at the very, very top of New Zealand.

Cape Reinga

The lighthouse at Cape Reinga is a popular tourist attraction. Today it serves as a landmark and an icon, known universally amongst travelers.

Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga overlooks the meeting point of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. You can actually see where the currents crash together!

Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean

I found this sitting in the sand!

Heart New Zealand

Do you “heart” New Zealand? I know I do!

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13 Responses to 11 Stunning Photos of Northland, New Zealand

  1. mellyboo (@mellyboo) August 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    EEEEEEEP! It’s my home-for-now! 🙂 I’ve been living in the beautiful Far North (on 90 Mile Beach) since December with one of my best friends! It’s really a special corner of the world. Thank you for showcasing it so beautifully. <3

    • travelFREAK August 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

      It really is such a special little place. Enjoy your time out there–you must be loving it!

    • Jeremy Foster August 30, 2012 at 1:54 am #

      It really is such a special little place. Enjoy your time out there–you must be loving it!

  2. Simon August 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Takes me back a few years. I loved New Zealand. It was awesome! Nelsons point or peek? That was a brilliant day kayaking around there!!

    • Jeremy Foster August 30, 2012 at 1:52 am #

      To be honest, I don’t know! I’ve done some kayaking around NZ, though, and it was AWESOME.

  3. The Travel Fool August 29, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    Love the photos of the dunes

  4. Jaime September 10, 2012 at 1:27 am #

    HOLY SHIT… these are amazing. Great shots!

    Visiting N.Z. is on my agenda when I leave to live in Australia (one day).

    • Jeremy Foster September 12, 2012 at 12:31 am #

      Thanks, Jaime!! You will love it there–it’s incredible!

  5. Cole @ FourJandals.com October 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    No one can love it more than us jandal wielding travellers 🙂

    • Jeremy Foster October 3, 2012 at 4:52 am #

      Ain’t that the truth. I’ve found that the locals love New Zealand just as much as the travelers do!

  6. Mary March 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    You take the most amazing photos!

    • Jeremy Foster March 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

      Thanks, Mary. Luckily, New Zealand also has some amazing things to take photos of!

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