90 Mile Beach, New Zealand

Located on the western coast of the far north of the North Island of New Zealand Ninety Mile Beach and the giant sand dunes come as quite a surprise as you travel northwards on the highway. It’s hard to resist a stop here to walk along the huge beach and jump or board down the sand dunes.

Junmping Down the 90 Mile Beach Giant Sand Dunes

Ninety Mile Beach is in fact a mere  55 miles (88 km) long, the name wasn’t an attempt to make the beach sound more impressive but stems from the days when missionaries travelled on horse back, a horse could travel 30 miles in a day before needing to be rested. The beach took three days to travel therefore earning its name.

90 Mile Beach Giant Sand Dunes

Ninety Mile Beach was used as a runway for some of the earliest airmail services between Australia and New Zealand and it is still sometimes used as an alternative road to State Highway 1. We decided not to take the hire care for a spin and went for a paddle instead.

Driving along 90 Mile Beach

Benedict Adam

Trying to travel with the ethos of a backpacker, no matter of budget, whether I'm across the other side of the world or over the road.