11 Stunning Photos of Northland, New Zealand

Everybody knows New Zealand is remarkable.

Well, I think they do, at least.

Before my last minute trip (back) across the ditch to Australia, I spent some time perusing and photographing Northland, New Zealand. It’s incredibly photogenic.

These are some of my favorite shots.

Ninety Mile Beach


Undulating Beach

Ninety Mile Beach
Photo: Jeremy Scott Foster

Ninety Mile Beach isn’t actually ninety miles long. The story goes that, when it was first discovered, it was estimated that, at 30 miles per day, the length of the beach could be walked in three days. Hence, ninety miles! Today we know it’s only about two-thirds as long.


The Tasman Sea

Rough Waters of the Tasman Sea
Photo: Jeremy Scott Foster

The Tasman Sea gets a bit rough at times, even right up against the beach!


The Fulcrum

Ninety Mile Beach
Photo: Jeremy Scott Foster

There is a dividing point, a fulcrum, almost, that separates two parts of the beach. It is vast, grassy, rocky and windy! Not what you’d expect on a beach!

Te Paki Stream and the Te Paki Sand Dunes

The Te Paki Stream is a registered road and the only way on and off the northern portion of Ninety Mile Beach. Without a 4wd, you’re essentially screwed. Incredibly, my little rental Nissan made it through!


Sand Dunes off Ninety Mile Beach

Sand Dunes off Ninety Mile Beach
Photo: Jeremy Scott Foster

Driving through Te Paki Stream

Driving through Te Paki Stream
Photo credit: Jeremy Scott Foster

On our way off the beach. This was…fun.


"Beware of Oncoming Traffic"

Te Paki Stream
Photo: Jeremy Scott Foster



Dune Formations

Sand Dunes, Ninety Mile Beach
Photo: Jeremy Scott Foster

Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga is believed by the Maori natives to be the entry point to the underworld for spirits who have passed from our realm of the living. It is located at the very, very top of New Zealand.


The Entry Point

Cape Reinga
Photo: Jeremy Scott Foster

Cape Reinga Lighthouse

Cape Reinga Lighthouse
Photo: Jeremy Scott Foster

The lighthouse at Cape Reinga is a popular tourist attraction. Today it serves as a landmark and an icon, known universally amongst travelers.


Where the Tasman Sea Meets the Pacific Ocean

Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean
Photo: Jeremy Scott Foster

Cape Reinga overlooks the meeting point of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. You can actually see where the currents crash together!


Heart NZ

Heart New Zealand
Photo: Jeremy Scott Foster

I found this sitting in the sand!

About the Author

Jeremy Scott Foster

Jeremy Scott Foster is an adventure-junkie, gear expert and travel photographer based in Southern California. Previously nomadic, he’s been to ~50 countries and loves spending time outdoors. You can usually find him on the trail, on the road, jumping from bridges or hustling on his laptop working to produce the best travel and outdoors content today.
  1. EEEEEEEP! It’s my home-for-now! 🙂 I’ve been living in the beautiful Far North (on 90 Mile Beach) since December with one of my best friends! It’s really a special corner of the world. Thank you for showcasing it so beautifully. <3

  2. Takes me back a few years. I loved New Zealand. It was awesome! Nelsons point or peek? That was a brilliant day kayaking around there!!

    1. To be honest, I don’t know! I’ve done some kayaking around NZ, though, and it was AWESOME.

    1. Ain’t that the truth. I’ve found that the locals love New Zealand just as much as the travelers do!

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