The Beach Guide

Ninety Mile Beach

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!

Nearest city

Kaitaia

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Ninety Mile Beach Weather Info

Current weather (Mon Feb 24th 11:00)

Clear sky

(Clear sky)
18°C / 64°F

Sea temperature
21.7°C
71.0°F
Wind S
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:12
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Mon 24th
Clear sky 21°C / 70°F S

13 mph
21 km/h

Tue 25th
Fair 23°C / 73°F SSE

12 mph
19 km/h

Wed 26th
Light rain showers 23°C / 73°F ESE

11 mph
18 km/h

Thu 27th
Partly cloudy 25°C / 77°F E

7 mph
11 km/h

Fri 28th
Rain showers 25°C / 77°F N

2 mph
3 km/h

Sat 29th
Cloudy 25°C / 77°F WSW

5 mph
9 km/h

5 Day Ninety Mile Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Ninety Mile Beach tide times & sea state

  • Mon 24/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 24/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 18mph
    13:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
    19:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 16mph
    Tide times
    Low 3:32am (0.25m)
    High 10:03am (2.10m)
    Low 3:59pm (0.30m)
    High 10:18pm (1.99m)
    Daylight
    First light06:43
    Sunrise07:09
    Sunset20:13
    Dark20:38
  • Tue 25/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 25/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
    13:00 7ft 19s  °  ° 14mph
    19:00 7ft 18s  °  ° 13mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:11am (0.24m)
    High 10:43am (2.11m)
    Low 4:38pm (0.27m)
    High 10:56pm (1.99m)
    Daylight
    First light06:44
    Sunrise07:10
    Sunset20:11
    Dark20:37
  • Wed 26/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 26/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 7ft 17s  °  ° 12mph
    13:00 7ft 16s  °  ° 8mph
    19:00 7ft 16s  °  ° 11mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:48am (0.24m)
    High 11:20am (2.09m)
    Low 5:15pm (0.25m)
    High 11:32pm (1.98m)
    Daylight
    First light06:45
    Sunrise07:11
    Sunset20:10
    Dark20:36
  • Thu 27/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 27/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 6ft 15s  °  ° 7mph
    13:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 9mph
    19:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 11mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:24am (0.25m)
    High 11:53am (2.06m)
    Low 5:52pm (0.24m)
    Daylight
    First light06:46
    Sunrise07:12
    Sunset20:09
    Dark20:35
  • Fri 28/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 28/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 8mph
    13:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
    19:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
    Tide times
    High 12:05am (1.95m)
    Low 5:59am (0.28m)
    High 12:25pm (2.01m)
    Low 6:28pm (0.25m)
    Daylight
    First light06:47
    Sunrise07:13
    Sunset20:08
    Dark20:33
  • Sat 29/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 29/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    4:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
    10:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 12mph
    16:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
    Tide times
    High 12:37am (1.92m)
    Low 6:37am (0.32m)
    High 12:57pm (1.96m)
    Low 7:06pm (0.27m)
    Daylight
    First light06:48
    Sunrise07:14
    Sunset20:06
    Dark20:32

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