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Rarawa Beach attractions and things to do nearby

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@Chris Gregory

Idyllic remote camping in the sub-tropical climate of Northland, New Zealand is on the bucket list then Rarawa Beach is the ticket. Visit Cape Reinga Lighthouse, enjoy beach driving Ninety Mile Beach or consider sand boarding Te Paki gold dunes while you relax outdoors.

Rarawa Beach, Northland, New Zealand @Pukenui Holiday Park
Rarawa Beach @Pukenui Holiday Park

RARAWA BEACH, NORTHLAND ATTRACTIONS

Remote camp site favoured by bird watchers and visitors after quiet outdoor space. The natural dune ecosystem has native pingao and spinifex plants. Birds nest among the dunes between August to March. New Zealand dotterel and variable oystercatchers are vulnerable to dogs and people unintentionally disturbing nest sites.

Friends of Rarawa Beach community group, with support from Northland Regional Council’s coast care programme, is working hard to improve the dunes and look after the dotterels through a dune planting and trapping regime alongside local schools.

Swimming

Safe swimming in the lagoon at high tide. The exposed beach has rip currents therefore care is needed at all times.

Camping

The Department of Conservation camping grounds are along the river bank with mature trees providing shade. The beach track is 250 metres giving campers a beachside camping experience. The high percentage of silica means sunglasses are very useful on sunny days. The clear blue shallow water is inviting and at each end of the beach is rocky headland providing protection from the wind.

The beach is littered with shells and a popular place for shell collectors as the ocean currents bring faraway bounty to the foreshore.

Rarawa Beach, Northland, New Zealand @idle_mans_cradle
Rarawa Beach @idle_mans_cradle
Rarawa beach campsite, Northland, New Zealand @Rankers NZ
Rarawa beach campsite @Rankers NZ

RARAWA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION CAMPING GROUND

Access for campervan, vehicles and caravans

Standard booking.

Facilities

  • Shower – cold
  • Toilets – flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
  • 35 non-powered/tent sites
  • Seasonal restrictions Fires are not permitted at any time.

Tracks and walks

Rarawa beach walk starts at the day visitor parking and follows marked paths through the pine forest and river, through the sand dunes to the dazzling bright white sandy beach.

WHAT TO DO NEARBY RARAWA BEACH?

  • Cape Reinga lighthouse exploration
  • Te Paki Sand Dunes sand boarding
  • Te Paki coastal walks
Sand boarding Te Paki Sand Dunes, Northland, New Zealand
Sand boarding Te Paki Sand Dunes

Location

Rarawa Beach is located in the east coast of Northland, NZ in the Paxton Point Conservation Area.

Rarawa Beach is close to the iconic Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga and far north attractions. Consider visiting Rarawa beach for the ultimate beach getaway, bucket list Rarawa Beach, is a hidden gem, remote and isolated from the crowds. Enjoy the scenic highway from Ahipara  or Kaitaia as you wander the side roads of the far north of Aotearoa New Zealand.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO GO, FAR NORTH, CAPE REINGA?

September to mid-May, in January and February carry sunscreen.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN NORTHLAND?

Northland has a moderate climate of warm humid summers, relatively mild wet winters, and prevailing south-west winds.

Rainfall varies from mean measurements of 992 mm at Cape Reinga to 1440 mm at Te Paki with higher rainfalls likely in hillier locations.

Winter is the wettest season of the year, but heavy rain may occur at any time, the heaviest rains are associated with easterly wind conditions. The driest months are January and March, with most rain falling in August.

Te Paki Sand Dunes, enormous natural landscape, Cape Reinga, Northland, New Zealand
Te Paki Sand Dunes, enormous natural landscape, Cape Reinga

For more information about what to see and do in Northland check out Far North & Northland Region.

 

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