Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

Save Trail Save

I've done it Done

Cape Reinga to Spirits Bay

Kaitaia, Northland

Submitted by Chris Taylor

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

Save Trail Save

I've done it Done


Grunt Factor: 35 ?

Gnarl Factor: 48 ?








Login as a VIP to see driving directions, distance and time.

Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush



Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.9%


Login as a VIP to see the trailhead information.

Estimated Times to Run







Head from car park at Cape Reinga towards lighthouse on footpath. Look out for track that heads east part way towards lighthouse. Track is well marked from there. When you hit beach at Spirits Bay it may be a good point to turn around it doing an out and back. It can be a bit of a slog along beach. Campground at the eastern end of Spirits Bay has DOC toilets and facilities. There are a couple of other campgrounds that you pass along the way.

Look out for swimming holes on left when coming down into Pandora campground. Good place to cool off.

If you know of any public toilets near the trail start or on the route, please login and then let us know so we can update this section.

Lots of parking at the start and at the end of this trail. If you want to do this one way, you will need to organise to have a second car or someone to pick you up at the other end. Can otherwise do an out and back run, turning around at any point along the course.

111 km

92 minutes




Track is well marked but hard to go wrong. Stick to coast and head eastwards.


Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone

I ran with a hydration pack. Very hot in summer - take plenty of water. I assume there is water available at campgrounds along the way, but not 100% certain on that.

Fairly typical Northland track. May be some muddy / slippery spots after rain, but due to coastal and hilly nature will generally hold up well.

Occasionally some steep drop-offs near track.

Houhora Four Square / Wharf Store / Takeaways
Great post run pies :)

You and Cape Reinga to Spirits Bay

As a VIP member you can record private notes for this trail, see all of your times and more.

Register Now

Already have an account? Login now

Trail Reviews

Be the first to submit a review for Cape Reinga to Spirits Bay!

Login to submit a review

Trail Running Community

Find people who are interested in or have completed this trail run.

You must register or login to view this feature.

Register Now

Other trails nearby
Tapotupotu Bay to Cape Reinga

Tapotupotu Bay to Cape Reinga

Length: 10.0km

Level: Beginner - Intermediate

Sweetwater Lakes

Sweetwater Lakes

Length: 19.0km

Level: Beginner - Intermediate

Find more trails and peaks nearby