MOTORIST GUIDE TO 90 MILE BEACH
AND TE PAKI STREAM
TE PAKI STREAM
Te Paki stream can at times provide quite treacherous driving
conditions. It is caused by the inter-action of the sand and water.
If you intend to drive the stream it is important to note the following:
Wet weather and seasonal conditions can cause a rapid deterioration in the stream and beach conditions.
If after reading the above you feel you would rather not take your car down the stream and you have the time, it is still worth while to walk the 3km to 90 Mile Beach.
NINETY MILE BEACH
If you are unfortunate enough to get stuck, here are some things that you can do to help yourself.
TE PAKI STREAM
7Okm North of Waipapakaun' Ramp, this access is a sand based stream bed 3km in length located between sand dunes. Because of the treacherous nature of the stream and its bed, it is advisable to engage a low gear and NOT to STOP in the stream. The stream entry is sign posted.
5Okm North of Waipapakauri Ramp, this access is a private road. To be used onlv in cases of extreme emergency. A short section of loose dry sand could cause problems for two wheel drive vehicles.
2Okm North of Waipapakauri Ramp, Hukatere Hill access is identified by a dome shaped hill. It provides an easy access on and off the beach.
Is used by private car and tour bus alike, and is safe all year round. It is about 20 km from Kaitaia and is the most reliable access to 90 Mile Beach.
Approximately 17km South of the Waipapakauri Ramp these two access points can be quite unreliable and Four Wheel Drive is generally advised. The Northern access is a stretch of loose dry sand firming up during spring tides, while the Southern access consists of a rough rocky base.