Ancient NZ gumfields, stunning photo opportunities, endless untamed beaches.
In 1903, a shy 16-year-old boy boarded a boat, left his native land of Croatia and came to New Zealand. Lured by stories of how much money could be made from working on the NZ gumfields, he made his way up to the Far North. After initially struggling with the harsh conditions, the cultural differences between the Croatians and British, and feeling terribly homesick, he soon became immersed in the land and the people. He developed a close bond with the local Maori people, eventually marrying a Maori woman named Makareta Raharuhi who came from a prestigious family in the area. They had a large family together and he went on to become a well-loved kaumatua (a person of senior social status) of the Far North.
This young boy was named Lovro Petricevich, and we, the Petricevich family, are his descendants. Dune Rider Unique Tours is the name of our family-owned and operated tour company with over 20 years of experience. We work together as a team to provide you with the best experiences the Far North has to offer.
The Petricevich family are the best people to show you around this beautiful part of New Zealand. We are proud of our long and rich history in this area, and with good reason! Our heritage goes way back over one hundred years to when young Lovro first arrived on our shores. We know all the best places, the most interesting stories and the most memorable experiences to share with you. We invite you to share in our combined local knowledge and cultural connections. No other tour operator in this area can offer you the same depth of history and knowledge.
Our pride in our rich heritage, our passion for our business and our love of the Far North drives us in our day to day running of Cape Reinga Tours. We employ bus drivers who go that extra mile for our customers. They will not only take you on the tour safely, but they also provide engaging, fun and fascinating commentaries that enhance the experience.