East Cape Things to Do

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East Cape Things to Do

  • Town of OPOTIKI

    Not a lot here, but were some nice carvings in the street. The carvings depict the historic lifestyle of the age, from the arrival of white people. They portray the progress of civilisations introducing agriculture, horticulture and tradingThe essences of these carvings is survival, the eastern one being a bird, the western, Pikopiko (frond) - the...

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  • Te ara Ki Te Tairawhiti

    "THE PATHWAY TO THE SUNRISE" - The first sun in the world. Two magnificently carved poles located near the eastern end of Waiotahi Beach beach, meant a stop for us to find out what they were all about. Te ara Ki Te Tairawhiti - "The pathway to the sunrise", depict the arrival of the Maori people to Opotiki, with the European Soldier and the Maori...

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  • MAORI'S & THE EAST CAPE

    One thing we noticed when travelling around the East Cape, was the large Maori population here. Most of the towns and smaller settlements we passed through had traditional marae (meeting places) and churches. Many Eastland places are tapu (sacred) to Maori, requiring local tribal permission for access. Sacred Mt Hikurangi (1754m) is the legendary...

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  • Raukokore Anglican Church

    What a beautiful little church we saw sited on a headland on its lonesome. Painted white, and in good condition, this was the Raukokore Anglican church which was built in 1894. It is a must for a photo!

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  • MOUNT HIKURANGI

    Still heading along East Cape, to the left, we could see Mt Hikurangi, well at least half of it, as the rest was in the clouds. This Mountain is recognised and accepted as the first point on the mainland to greet the morning sun. This highest peak (1752 metres) in the rugged Raukumara Range is revered by the Ngati Porou tribe as its sacred...

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  • EAST CAPE LIGHTHOUSE

    We did the 22 kms on mostly unsealed no-exit road from Te Araroa takes to the most Easterly point on mainland New Zealand. The historic East Cape lighthouse stands 154 metres above sea level and is accessed by a walking track of some 700 steps...we didn't do this.Unless you climb the steps, I really didn't think the drive was worth it. I guess I...

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  • TOLAGA BAY

    And so, it was time to leave Gisborne and start a journey arouond the East Cape.Our 1st stop was at Tolaga Bay which is both a bay and small town located 45 kilometres northeast of Gisborne. It was named Tolaga Bay by Lt. James CookThe region around the bay is rugged and remote, and for many years the only access to the town was by boat. Because...

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  • INFORMATION CENTRE & TOTEM POLE

    Gisborne has so much to see and do, a must visit is the information centre.We found it quite easily, as out the front was a totem pole which was a gift from Canada on the bicentennial anniversary of Cook's landing in the country.Did you know that Gisborne IS THE 1ST CITY IN THE WORLD EACH DAY TO GREET THE SUNRISE EACH DAY!

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  • KAITI HILL LOOKOUT - GISBORNE

    To get a panoramic view of Poverty Bay, the city, and the harbor and rivers we headed up to Kaiti Hill Lookout. A statue of Captain Cook looks out to Young Nick's Head, at the opposite end of the bay. The views from this lookout are fantastic, I think if you are in Gisborne, then this should be one of your MUST VISIT'SAt the foot of Kaiti Hill is...

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  • Pacific Coast Macadamias - Whanarua Bay.

    Whanarua Bay is often described as the most picturesque bay on the mainly rugged, rocky western coast of the Eastland peninsula. On my way north, I couldn't find anywhere suitable to stop and photograph it, but on my way south a few days later, I stopped at the Pacific Coast Macadamia farm and discovered that was a great place to look down on the...

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  • See the historic Pohutukawa tree at Te...

    At the township of Te Araroa, out near East Cape itself, you can see what is reputedly the oldest and largest Pohutukawa tree in the world. The pohutukawa is a special tree to most northern New Zealanders. It is our "Christmas tree" and an icon of home to those kiwis from the northern part of North Island. They're one of those special symbols of...

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  • Stop to photograph the church at...

    Perched on a low piece of land jutting out into the sea at Raukokore, on the western side of the Eastland peninsula is this historic Anglican church - a perfect photo-stop on a road trip along SH35.

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  • Climb to the eastern most point in NZ!

    The East Cape lighthouse, perched on East Cape itself, is the eastern most point of mainland New Zealand. The road out to it begins on the waterfront in the small township of Te Araroa and is narrow and unsealed for the majority of its 20+km length. The road is well graded and the middle part is sealed. The drive out is spectacular, particularly...

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  • Bella Vista Motel

    511-513 Gladstone Road, Gisborne, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Ocean Beach Motor Lodge

    7 Oneroa Road, Wainui Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Alfresco Motor Lodge

    784 Gladstone Road, P O Box 588, Gisborne, 4010, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Teal Motor Lodge Gisborne

    After a long day’s drive we finally arrived in Gisborne. The drive to this secluded spot is long...

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  • Emerald Hotel Gisborne

    Set in a park like setting, the Gisborne Hotel differs somewhat from other motels and hotels. Each...

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  • Eastland Motor Lodge

    798 Gladstone Rd, Gisborne, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Tudor Park Motel

    386 Ormond Rd, Gisborne, 4010, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Portside Hotel Gisborne

    2 Reads Quay, PO Box 177, Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Best Western Bk's Palm Court Motor Inn

    671 Gladstone Road, Gisborne, North Island, 3801, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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