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Te Paki Sand Dunes
Giant Sand Dunes
Rocks in front of a large sand dune on a sunny day
A Te Paki Sand Dune
Location Northland, New Zealand
Coordinates 34°32′S 172°46′E / 34.54°S 172.77°E / -34.54; 172.77Coordinates: 34°32′S 172°46′E / 34.54°S 172.77°E / -34.54; 172.77
Elevation 150 metres (492 ft)
Area 10 square kilometres (3.9 sq mi)

Te Paki Sand Dunes, also called the Giant Sand Dunes, are a collection of sand dunes located on the Northland Peninsula of New Zealand. The dunes abut the Ninety Mile Beach and are a popular spot for sandboarding.


The dunes are located on the western (Tasman Sea) side of the Aupouri Peninsula and are southeast of Cape Reinga Lighthouse. They cover an area of approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) by 1 kilometre (0.62 mi), with some individual dunes rising up to 150 metres (490 ft). They are the tallest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere.

Te Paki stream runs through the area and contains many native flora and fauna.


Sandsurfing is a popular activity at the dunes. Guided tours around Cape Reinga often stop at the dunes to sandboard.

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