90 Miles Beach with background Maori song
Date of Trip: 10Nov10
with "Sand Safaris"
|The name Ninety Mile Beach is a misnomer because it is actually 55 miles (88 Kilometers) long. Several theories have been advanced for the name, the most common stemming from the days when missionaries travelled on horse back when on average a horse could travel 30 miles (48 km) in a day before needing to be rested. The beach took three days to travel therefore earning its name, but the missionaries did not take into account the slower pace of the horses walking in the sand, thus thinking they had travelled 90 miles (140 km) when in fact they had only travelled 55. [Source: Wikipedia]|