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    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    90 Mile Beach is in fact only 55 miles/85km long. While there are several places near the southern end to access the beach, doing so from Ahipara will allow you to cover as much of the beach as possible in a vehicle. Access at the northern end is via Te Paki Stream which as the name implies requires riding down a stream to get to the beach.
    [See the full post at: https://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/gps-tracks-rides/north-island-tracks/90-mile-beach/]

    Aaron Martin
    • Bike: 2016 Africa Twin
    • Rank: 800cc Rider

    • Bike: R1200GS, DL650, DRZ250, DRZ400S,
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I rode this the other way round (north to south) on Feb 7th, was a great day.

    I was following two pieces of advice – ride down the middle of the stream and follow the bus tracks – they know where to go.

    SO all was well until I got to the part of the stream at 3.11 in the above video. You can see one rider stays in the stream while the other peels off and rides across a dry piece, with a few puddles in it. I was coming the other way and I can tell you that the third puddle was quite deep……nearly drowned by drz250, filled my boots with water and soaked the rest of me. So I say, stay in the middle of the stream!!

    The other part of the 90 mile beach experience is trying to get the sand out of your bike afterwards. Even though I stopped at Kaitaia Motors and used their coin op water blaster, I’m still washing sand out of it and having to dismantle bits of it to get it all. Every time i look I see some i missed.

    Good ride though on the right day. I was doing 85 too! Who needs and Africa Twin? 🙂 🙂

    James C
    • Bike: 2014 Triumph Tiger 800 XR
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Wow Aaron, looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing. I am looking at this as an option for my next weekend trip. I noticed you are on an Africa Twin. The sound of your bike in the Video clip was so similar to a Triumph triple. Uncanny.

    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    From stuff.co.nz

    Ninety Mile Beach could see car donut ban imposed for safety and to protect environment

    The dangerous free-for-all of careless driving on one of New Zealand’s most iconic beaches could be set to come to an end.

    A management plan being written for Northland’s Te Oneroa-?-T?he/Ninety Mile Beach would look to ban cars “doing donuts” and other anti-social driving on the beach.

    Te Oneroa-?-T?he Board chair Haami Piripi, from Te Rarawa iwi, said the plan was about bringing order to the beach.

    “There’s also environmental damage occurring at [shellfish] spawning time. There’s a whole lot of activities that are mostly detrimental to the beach and its non-human residents.”

    Ninety Mile Beach is also popular with tourists, with about 25 tour buses a day travelling on the beach.

    Piripi said the iwi recognised tourism was the “goose that laid the golden egg” in Northland and they did not want to destroy it.

    Piripi said the days of driving carelessly on the beach, without thinking of the consequences, were over.

    “One vehicle doing wheelies on the beach can destroy 10,000 toheroa or spat – those days are gone. We can’t damage our resources like that any more,” he said.

    Each year, young toheroa are replanted on the beach, to help the population recover.

    In a first for New Zealand, the management plan would also recognise the spiritual importance of the beach to M?ori, who know it as “Te Ara Wairua”, the spiritual pathway taken by the dead on the journey back to their ancient homeland.

    “It’s the first time a thing like that – that we can’t see or touch – is being required to be protected. It’s a big breakthrough for us, it acknowledges our beliefs and culture in a way that hasn’t been done before,” Piripi said.

    Te Oneroa-?-T?he Board was set up through a Treaty of Waitangi settlement and has a unique even split of iwi and local government.

    While not opposed to land next to the beach being developed – such as for housing – the board will be able to consider the environmental impact of any development, Piripi said.


    • Te Oneroa-?-T?he (The Long Beach of T?he) is named after a M?ori chief T?he.
    • The beach is of extreme importance to the five iwi of Te Hiku o te Ika (The Tail of the Fish) in the Far North.
    • Situated on the west coast on the northernmost part of New Zealand, Ninety Mile Beach actually measures 88km (55 miles).
    • Early European settlers thought the beach was 90 miles long because it took their horses three days to cross, and the horses normally travelled 30 miles a day. However, they did not take into account the slowness of traversing the soft sand.
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