Ninety Mile Beach

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Ninety Mile beach
90 mile beach car wreck
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Ninety Mile Beach is not your typical exotic tourist attraction, but rather a long stretch of majestic coastline waiting to share its secrets with the adventurous. Don’t be fooled by the name either, because this stretch of wild coast is nowhere near 90 miles in length, 90 kilometres (55 miles) would be closer, but it still remains an awesome stretch of sand.

One possible explanation for this misnomer dates back to when missionaries travelled the length of the beach by horse. They knew a horse could travel 30 miles in a day, and as it took them 3 days to make it from end to end, the beach must have been 90 miles long. However, the horses would have been slower on the sand.

This fascinating beach tracks the west coast of Northland’s Aupouri Peninsula, on the North Island in the Land of the Long Cloud, following the coastal contours starting from Ahipara in the south, right up to the northern-most tip of New Zealand at Cape Reinga. The former is the popular start point for specialist vehicle expeditions, and is some 9 miles west of Kaitaia on National Route 1. Basic camping and Bed & Breakfast facilities are available in Ahipara, where visitors forsake the creature comforts of big city life in exchange for the great outdoors.

The most popular pursuits along 90 Mile Beach are driving, biking, blokarting (land yachting), fishing, horse riding, surfing and sand surfing on the huge dunes. You can swim too, but safety in numbers please, and keep in mind that there are no lifeguards along these shores!

If you are planning to drive along the coast here are some driving guidelines:
* Check rental agreement exclusions carefully
* Keep a full tank of fuel and take drinking water
* Approach streams slowly and engage low gear
* Look at tide timetables and set off 3 hours after high tide
* No night driving, don’t get lost and stay close to your vehicle

Enjoy the ride!

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Ninety Mile Beach Weather Info

5 Day Ninety Mile Beach UV Index

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Ninety Mile Beach tide times & sea state

Fri 24/05 »

Surf report for Fri 24/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 6mph
12:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 6mph
18:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:53
Sunrise07:20
Sunset17:29
Dark17:56

Sat 25/05 »

Surf report for Sat 25/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 9mph
12:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
21:00 6ft 17s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:53
Sunrise07:21
Sunset17:28
Dark17:55

Sun 26/05 »

Surf report for Sun 26/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 16s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 7ft 15s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:54
Sunrise07:21
Sunset17:28
Dark17:55

Mon 27/05 »

Surf report for Mon 27/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 7ft 16s  °  ° 8mph
15:00 6ft 15s  °  ° 2mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:55
Sunrise07:22
Sunset17:27
Dark17:54

Tue 28/05 »

Surf report for Tue 28/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
15:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:55
Sunrise07:23
Sunset17:27
Dark17:54

Wed 29/05 »

Surf report for Wed 29/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
18:00 9ft 13s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:56
Sunrise07:23
Sunset17:26
Dark17:54

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

16 °C
(60 °F)

Gentle breeze, 14.4 km/h from SSW

Sea temperature

19.4°C / 67°F

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