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!
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Ninety Mile Beach Weather Info
Current weather (Mon Feb 24th 11:00)
18°C / 64°F
Week weather forecast
Mon 24th21°C / 70°F
Tue 25th23°C / 73°F
Wed 26th23°C / 73°F
Thu 27th25°C / 77°F
Fri 28th25°C / 77°F
Sat 29th25°C / 77°F
5 Day Ninety Mile Beach UV Index
A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.
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 light 06:43 Sunrise 07:09 Sunset 20:13 Dark 20:38
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 light 06:44 Sunrise 07:10 Sunset 20:11 Dark 20:37
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 light 06:45 Sunrise 07:11 Sunset 20:10 Dark 20:36
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 light 06:46 Sunrise 07:12 Sunset 20:09 Dark 20:35
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 light 06:47 Sunrise 07:13 Sunset 20:08 Dark 20:33
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 light 06:48 Sunrise 07:14 Sunset 20:06 Dark 20:32